After a long winter of training it’s great to have that extra motivation of knowing the triathlon season is fast approaching. I've recently completed the Storm the Castle duathlon in Ludlow, finishing 4th in my age group and 16th overall, which has given me some confidence in my race legs going into my first triathlon. Over the next couple of weeks I'm racing the Slateman triathlon in North Wales, quickly followed by the Poseidon the following weekend. I'm really looking forward to the Poseidon as the course looks reasonably fast and should suit those looking for a PB.
Having raced in May for the past couple of years, I would definitely recommend getting some open water swim practice in before the race. Unless the guys at Functional Fitness have had the heaters on, it’s likely the lake will be pretty cold this early on in the season and this can be a bit of a shock come race day. Over the past couple of weeks I've been slowly building up my time in open water, trying to get in a few race intensity efforts in there too. This should really help take the edge off the cold on race day and help focus on getting out of the water in good shape ready for the rest of the race.
Depending on the weather on race day (fingers crossed for some sun), I like to have neoprene toe covers on my bike shoes. I've had races in the past where my feet just never got warm after the swim and I've not been able to feel my feet/lower legs for the first few kilometres of the run. Wearing toe covers really helps to keep the wind off your feet. You can pop these on before the race starts so you don’t need to worry about faffing with these during transition.
I always like to arrive early before the race, usually the day before if possible. I like to do a quick recce of the bike route, even if it’s driving it in the car and I also head down to the swim start and try and pick out some landmarks/trees that I may be able to use to help sight the swim. Doing all of this in good time helps to take the stress out of race morning and gives me time to concentrate on my goals for the race.
I’ll be there wearing my race force kit all weekend so come say hello and have a chat if you see me! And if you see me struggling en route feel free to give me a cheer!
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