Triathlon season has begun and embarking on your first one can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. You’ve spent the last several months preparing for the different events and now is the time to achieve your goal and reap the rewards of your hard work.
You may feel nervous but that’s part of trying to do what you have always wanted, and everyone has to start somewhere.
Here are 5 tips to help you thrive during your first race and approach your finish line:
Be consistent in your training.
The key to a great performance in any sporting or outdoor event is your consistency in training. This is especially true for triathlons, because you have to observe discipline and train for swimming, biking, and running. If you’re training alone or you have a training coach, set a training calendar and follow it accordingly.
Keep your nutrition simple.
During training, your pre and post-workout meals are important. It is recommended that you eat real food instead of processed food. And, before the race, eat something that you usually eat and is easy to digest. Equally as important as food is proper hydration before, during, and after your race.
3. Have the right gear and know how to use it.
Triathlon is not just a running race – it's a biking and a swimming event, too. Having the right gear for all events can give you the advantage to move comfortably and reach your goal more efficiently. Also, check your bike gear before the event and know how to properly use all of the features..
Practice your transitions.
Transitioning from one event to another is part of the race, so it is recommended to only bring what you need. You can also include practicing your transitions in your training. Reducing time in the transition area can have a big impact!
Remember to have fun.
Probably the most important tip: remember to have fun! While all of the above is important to keep in mind during race day, it should not stress you out. Remember why you signed up in the first place and make the most out of it!. Remember, you got this!