2. ENVISION THE DAY: Go through everything and visualize the race, getting in & out of the water, heading to transition, getting on the bike & heading out on the run. Envisioning the process, helps me make sure I have everything I need and prepare for any obstacles that I may encounter.
3. ARRIVE EARLY!: I have to admit that I am not typically an early bird & have been known to get to places right on time or be fashionably late. However, when it comes to a race, I always get there early. It helps alleviate anxiety and keeps my heart rate down as I am not rushing around frantically trying to set up everything. The other plus about arriving early is you will avoid some of the race day traffic.
4. ORGANIZE TRANSITION: After you arrive early, you can set up your transition. Try to keep it neat and put out only what you need. I use a small towel to place everything on. I set my bike shoes down first with my glasses placed on top ready to put on , then I put my helmet over them. This setup allows me to put my helmet on first, as this is the Most Important Item & you can not leave transition without it on & snapped! Next, I put my race number belt down and place my running sneakers on top of it. I open up the shoes and put a little glide on the heals to make them easier to slip on. I also sprinkle my socks (if wearing them) with baby powder. Then, I place my running visor on top. Again, this is all methodical so that when I come into T2, I put my visor on, next my shoes, & last my number belt.
5. REVIEW THE COURSE: In a perfect world, we would be able to swim, bike, & run on the course we are racing on before the event. However, this is not always an option when we are traveling to events out of town. I like to review the course on a map or drive the bike & run course before, just so I am a little familiar with the roads and can plan for anything that could catch me off guard on race day. I also like to familiarize myself with the swim course on race morning once the bouys are in the water and I can check out what land marks are good to use for sighting.
So Tell Me…
Have you done any triathlons this summer? How do you prepare for your races? Do you try to train on the course?
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