It’s Tri Talk Tuesday again! Tri Talk Tuesday is a monthly linkup of triathlon blogs, on the first Tuesday of every month, co-hosted by Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, Courtney at The TriGirl Chronicles, and Phaedra at Blisters and Black Toenails. This months topic is the run which is of course the part of the triathlon that I am most confident about.
Since I have only competed in one triathlon so far (The Lobsterman Olympic Distance Triathlon) I still consider myself a newbie. However there are definitely some things that I learned about the run when I was training and racing last year. The run portion of a triathlon is definitely very different than running a race that is only running.
Here are the the reasons why running during a triathlon is different than running during a road or trail race:
- You will already be exhausted when you start the run.
- You may still be wet from the swim so be sure to have body glide, butt paste or vaseline on hand to limit chafing.
- You will be starving when you start the running leg of the race (Just don’t decide to eat a chili flavored Kind bar like me as you head out for the run . . . gag, gag, cough! cough!)
- Your legs will feel like bricks hence the derivation for the name “brick” workout, those dreaded bike run workouts that you will do during your training.
- You will already be on a massive endorphin kick when you get to the run so use it to your advantage.
- Everyone else is already tired too so if the run is your strongest leg then it’s time to crank it in to high gear.
- Finishing will never taste so sweet knowing that you have not only run but you have survived the swim and the bike too!
What have you learned on the run during a triathlon? If you are not a triathlete, what have you learned during a running race?
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