When preparing yourself for a triathlon, particularly as a beginner, you might feel overwhelmed by the idea of it. While it can seem like a simple race, it’s difficult to put everything together. The transitions, the techniques, the pace – you’ll have many things on your mind as you prepare for a big race, but there are probably some things that are more important to keep in mind than others. So here are the best tips for getting ready for your first triathlon.
Transitioning from one step of the triathlon to the next is a weak point for many athletes, even more, experienced in the sport. This is something that you should practice as much as possible – but be careful not to overdo it.
Transitioning from swimming can be difficult because of how much a wetsuit can stick to you after a long swim. Applying lubricant underneath your suit can keep this transition smooth and simple.
The transition from biking is more technically difficult but is something you should consider a testament to your form. The smoothest transitions are signs of a nigh-perfect running and biking technique.
Have Proper Clothing
Many Triathletes underestimate the importance of having the right gear. The sport tends to attract people who are solely focused on their body and fitness, but the fact is that having a good wetsuit and tracksuit can help with technique, endurance, and distance.
Keep Your Eye On Your Goal
Spotting during the swim portion of your triathlon is very important for a smooth departure from the water. Knowing the distance is also critical for pacing yourself, and knowing where the competition is. Lastly, knowing when you are coming up on the ground can be useful if you need to get more blood pumping to your legs for the ground portion – a good burst of kicks will get your legs back in action.
Triple Check Your Bike
Always remember to check your bike before the race. It’s best to take a practice ride the day before, but if you’re pacing yourself then at least double-check all of the mechanical bits that you can adjust – breaks, wheels, handles.
A good athlete doesn’t compete for the sake of winning, they compete for the sake of their love of the sport. Take the time to enjoy yourself as you go through the motions – swimming, biking, and running are all classic past-times for a reason.