Tri. Tri. Tri.
I will be driving to gorgeous Freeport, Maine this weekend to race in my first triathlon, the Lobsterman Triathlon. Not only is it my first triathlon it is my first Olympic Distance Triathlon. Many people have asked me why not start with the spring? I chose the Olympic Distance for my first rather than a Sprint because I am definitely a middle distance–long distance athlete. Everything I have been training for in the past 6 years has required lots of endurance to go the extra distance. I have been very diligent about logging my miles this summer in the pool on the road and on the trails. Now I am itching to race! It’s been hard for me not to lose focus on this race as there are so many amazing races during the summer but I have been a good athlete and did not add any crazy races to my race schedule which could have impacted my performance at the triathlon (even though I was highly tempted to run the Jay Peak 25K again!)
Over the last few days I have been preparing for the race by doing some tune-up swimming, biking, and running just to keep things moving. The preparation for race day this week is more focused on getting adequate rest, nutrition, and also mental preparation. Whenever I am preparing for a race I try to spend some time visualizing what the race will be like and run through the transitions in my head. Since I am a triathlon newbie I have been reading a lot of triathlon blogs and watching some triathlon videos to get me prepared.
My coach Denise Goode of The Sustainable Athlete sent me this video, “Tighter Transitions” from Triathlete.Competitor.com to show me how the pros do it when transitioning from Swim to Bike to Run. I think I still have a few things to learn such as the so-called “Flying Mount” on to your bike after the swim.
I have been loving all of the awesome tips from my readers about best practices when racing a triathlon:
- Miss Zippy says, “Swim to bike, bike to run, race to the finish!”
- Cynthia @You Signed Up for What? says, “I’ve had people hit me but not hard and never knocked off goggles. Stay calm and regroup if you need to, but keep going.”
- Michele in Transition shares her awesome triathlon advice in a response to my post HERE.
Cheers to new adventures this week and please keep the tips about racing a triathlon coming, all of your advice is very helpful!
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