My first triathlon of the year is at the Always Aim High Slateman Triathlon in Snowdonia. The event comes only a few weeks into a hard training block for me as I build up for Challenge Roth in July, so where I would normally taper for several days beforehand I will instead be training up until the weekend.
On saturday, during the sprint event, I will be in the event village during the race before having a spin around some of the cycle course. This is what I would normally do the day before a race, as well as getting my bearings in transition and ensuring I know the swim and run route. This means I can sleep easy the night beforehand. I will also be making sure I am fuelled and hydrated.
Having attended the Race Force Training Weekend only a few weeks ago I know the courses well. I also know that the weather and temperature could have a big effect on performance. Despite wearing swim socks, gloves and a neoprene swim hat, the lake temperature was too cold during the training weekend to allow me to swim properly. I am hoping that the temperature will have risen slightly, but I am also going to prepare myself for exiting the swim and needing to warm up quickly.
I will likely have a thermos in transition as a precautionary measure and will have compression sleeves and leg warmers on underneath my wetsuit to save putting any additional clothing on in T1.
The weather looks mild, dry with a slight breeze for the weekend so hopefully once we are out of the water we shouldn't have to worry too much about the temperature.
As the bike route starts with a lovely climb I am expecting to warm up quickly. Although this is the only real climb on the course, the rest is lumpy. I'm not personally going to change my rear cassette for the event, but if you are on a time trial bike and have not riden a long hill on your bike before, then this should be a consideration.
I wont be taking the bike too hard as I know what the run course is like. I am expecting to be one of the faster runners up the zig-zag climb in the quarry and i'll be saving some energy for this climb, as well as a few gels. After this climb I will expect to be running on little energy, but it is largely downhill from here!
Although I won't be tapering I always race as hard and as fast as I can so I am hoping to place top-10 overall on the day. Come and say hi if you see me in the event village! I'll be the one in the Race Force tri-suit or Race Force/ British Military Fitness Race Team branded Dryrobe.
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