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Tips for aspiring Triathletes
Race season is around the corner and are you looking for a new challenge?
Many athletes consider racing in a triathlon but have many questions. In this
article, Running Free provides some answers to your questions.
Step 1 – Choose a Race
Congratulations for committing to trying your first tri!
To start off on the right foot, choose a race. Setting a race as a goal will help focus your training. Many triathlons offer shorten distances or relay event, perfect for first timers
Step 2 – Gear Up
There are so many choices to choose from and if you are a gear-head, you can quickly accumulate a lot of gear. Below is a list of some basic pieces of gear you will require that will not break the bank:
If you have these items, here some optional pieces to consider:
All gear can be purchased atRevel Sports. For bikes visit your local bike store.
· Head to your local pool and go to lap swimming
· Join your local master’s swimming group.
Step 4 – Race!
Your first race can be a daunting affair with hundreds of fit, toned athletes with shiny new bikes. Take a deep breath and tell yourself you to are fit and toned!
Every triathlon has atransition area – drop off your bike on the bike rack and your
· Proceed through the registration process and get body marked, race bib, swim cap and your timing chip
· Do a walkthrough of the transition area so you become familiar of where you will be heading from: the swim and exiting on the bike, bike to run and the finish line.
· Remember where your bike is relative to the entrance of the transition area.
· Lay out your bike helmet and run clothes on a small towel you have brought. This towel will be handy to stand on while you transition.
· Head to the beach area and warm-up!
The race start can be quite chaotic but it can also be a pleasant experience. Here are some general tips:
Congratulations! You just finished your first race, now what?
Doesn’t it feel great? Are you hooked yet? Consider trying a sprint or Olympic distance race and see how that format feels. For the ambitious, try the long course format (2k swim/55k bike/15k run) or half-Ironman (2k swim/90k bike/21k run).
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