5 Race Day Triathlon Tips for Beginners

     We've been seeing a lot of first timer mistakes and getting lots of questions from folks getting ready to do their first triathlon, so we thought this post would be helpful. There's a lot of information out there, so it's easy to get confused and overwhelmed. However, if you only listen to one piece of advice before your first triathlon, make sure it's this one!

  Pump up your tyres on race morning!

Pump up your tyres on race morning!

Tip # 1:

     
Pump up your tires to 100 - 125 PSI on race morning. Do NOT squeeze your tires by hand and deem them 'good to go'. There is a strong likelihood that your tires are under inflated, which greatly increases your chance of getting what's known as a pinch flat: This is when you run over something that pinches your inner tube against your rim; much more likely with under inflated tires.  

  Test your pre race meal!

Test your pre race meal!

Tip # 2:

     Practice your pre race meal at least once before race day! The last thing you want is to vomit on the run because you decided to drink a protein shake 1/2 hour before the race. You know who you are! If that's your pre race go to, we don't judge, but we don't encourage it! 

  Know the course!

Know the course!

 

Tip # 3:

     Know the course. This will save you time and stress on race morning wondering which direction you're biking out of the transition area, and where the start is. While everyone else is running around wondering where the swim exit is, you'll be cool as a cucumber.

  Have a race checklist at hand!

Have a race checklist at hand!

Tip # 4:

     Make a Race Day Checklist. (Ours will be featured in an upcoming post next week!) Triathlon arguably requires more organization than any other sport. A checklist will help to prevent stress and last minute worries about what you may have left behind. 


Tip #5:

     NEVER TRY ANYTHING NEW ON RACE DAY. This is in caps as we can't emphasise it enough! This goes for any race, and for any 'brilliant' idea that hits you before or during the race. Taking a flying leap onto your bike coming out of T2 (much faster when perfected) could indeed be as easy as it looks, but could also result in fresh cuts and bruises, not to mention looking a bit silly. Don't say we didn't warn you!

Above, all, enjoy the race experience! We didn't include that as a tip as we thought it was obvious! 



- Coach Medena 
For Medena's full bio, click here.

     Stay tuned for... triathlon terminology! There's lots of it; we'll set the record straight.


- Coach Medena 
For Medena's full bio, click
here.