If you are taking part in any Triathlon event, your training should be done and dusted two weeks before the race day. But if you haven’t trained as well as you should, there is nothing that you can really do at this late stage to change your fitness levels.
But what you can do, is to control some key factors to help you reach the finish line in as best a shape as you possibly can.
Here are some last-minute tips.
Before the race, make sure all your equipment is in good working order. For example, make sure that your goggles are not leaking and that you can see clearly in them.
For your bike, make sure that the bike gears are working well and that the tyres are in good shape. Remember to pump your tyres the night before.
For the run leg, use a pair of tried and tested shoes that you know you can run well with; never try out those fancy new shoes that you bought recently at the race pack expo.
And once you have checked that your equipment is all good, remember to pack everything you need, the night before the race; you don’t want to be rummaging around your room in the dark, trying to locate things on race morning – this is a sure way to forget something that may be important for your race.
Drink plenty of fluids the day before the race. On the morning of the event, make sure you eat a light breakfast you are comfortable with and your body can digest easily. This can be cereals with soya milk, or toast if you are more used to that.
Avoid trying out any of those newfangled breakfast sets from those fancy cafes you have been eyeing for the past few months. Why not wait till after the race to explore any new food instead.
Race Pace Strategy
Know your pace and do not start out too fast. Many triathletes, both novices and experienced ones, tend to go out too fast at the swim and the bike leg, leaving no energy left for the run leg. The longer the distance that you are taking on, the more you need to bear this in mind, otherwise, you’ll be left literally ‘running on empty’ by the run leg. A better strategy I recommend would be to start slower, with the aim of conserving some energy left to still finish the race strong.
Lastly, stay mindful and focused, listen to your body. Do not let the hype and adrenaline of the race get to you such that you start following the pace of the crowd at the expense of your own stamina. Well, that’s it, till the next post, keep training.
About the author:
Priscilla Chew is the winner of Best Health & Wellness Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards. Pris is Astavita’s sports ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her running lifestyle with the help of Astavita’s Sports. She hopes her passion for running and sports will inspire other people to exercise on a regular basis for fitness and health. You may follow her on Instagram: prisgooner