You’ve set yourself goals for the upcoming Triathlon season. You should of selected build up races to get to your race of the season. This race is your ‘A’ Race the one where you will go all out and be peaking for the race.
We have put together 7 tips so you get your fastest Triathlon time of the season:
1. Check out the course: do your homework on the swim, bike and run courses. Every race has a map on the website from the event organizers, download it and study it. One thing we do with our Pursue athletes is to go and train on the course a few weeks before, this gives them the ins and outs of what to expect. No hidden surprises like a nasty hill on the bike or run. This will also give you confidence on where to go harder.
2. Check out the transition area: walk around the transition area, checking the swim entrance and exits for the bike and the run; get to know your bearings. With the racking of the bike try to use a point to head too, a tree of some description is always a good marker.
3. Setting up transition: you have found your age category rack, and found a marker to head too. When setting up the bike have your shoes on the bike ready to go. Another great tip we use is to use elastic bands from the shoes to the bike to keep your pedals in a horizontal position. This stops any chance of your shoes getting stuck under the pedals when running with the bike and less chance of a shoe falling off. Ensure you have a towel that is bright colored or even better unique, and place it so it is visible when running down the lane. Place your helmet on the handlebars with sunglasses.
4. Swim leg: warm up before the gun goes off, do a few sprints to get the heart rate to a working level so you don’t hit it cold and the heart rate jumps above your max H/R, this will get you straight into a rhythm. Also do plenty of sighting, looking for the buoys or markers ahead. Practice in the pool a couple of weeks before as there is an art on how to look, breath and keep moving.
5. Wet suit swim: if you get the opportunity to wear a wetsuit in a long distance race, practice in the pool to get comfortable with it. When putting the suit on, it should be tight, a tip to get it off easy: use a lube cream along the cuffs and ankles so it slides off easier. When you have a swim, practice getting out of the suit, again this can be costly if you are messing around trying to get it off.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼6. Transitions T1 & T2: T1: coming from the swim to bike: you’ve remembered your row the bike is in, running down, seen the bright towel, sunglasses on, then helmet, fastened, race belt with number on, grabbing the bike and running by the saddle to the exit, hopping on as practiced and off you go into your bike leg. Start refueling about 10 minutes in.
T2: this should be your quickest transition, off the bike as practiced, racking the bike first, helmet off then running shoes on and off you go, fuel (gel) In hand. If you suffer from blisters wear socks… or your chances of a quick time may be lessened.
7. Bike leg: once you’re on the bike with the shoes, ride for a few hundred meters to get way and get rhythm and then put the feet in the shoes. Once in get your cadence to 90rpm, which is more efficient for your muscles. Then keep that cadence through the bike leg.
￼￼These are 7 valuable tips to get you faster in Triathlon.
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