So, now that I am done with my first triathlon, what did I learn? What surprised me?
- Go to sleep early. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots off water, and eat a carb-rich meal 4 hours before you go to bed.
- Pack your stuff before you go to bed.
- Know the maps. Maybe drive the course if possible the day before.
- Wear a full-body running suit. You may look terrible (I deleted a lot of photos), but you don’t have to fuss with changing clothes later and you will be more comfortable in them.
- Arrive early. No need to be stressed with sleeping in or getting lost.
- When you register you receive a swim cap and number. Competitors have their race number marked on their arms and legs, along with having their age group marked on their calf.
- Athletes set up in one or possibly two transition areas: one for the swim-to-bike transition, and one for the bike-to-run transition.
- Athletes don their swim gear and head to the swim area. If you can, wear a wetsuit– you spend less time wasting energy on staying warm and afloat. I timed a 20% time improvement!
- When transitioning from water to bike, take your wetsuit halfway off. Finish taking it off when you get to the bike.
- The hardest part to me was the run. So, mentally and physically prepare for it and don’t be surprised if you go slower than when you are fresh — you’ve spent a long time swimming and cycling prior!
- And last but not least, enjoy the post-race goodies.