1. Check out the course (Swim & Run)
- Familiarise yourself with the course so walk around the VENUE and look at the buoys to see the line you must swim.
– Observe the wind (flags) waves & current (the wind will move the surface of water) this to help you use the conditions to your advantage.
– Use large tall Landmarks to guide you to swim in a straight line.
As the aquathon series is in the evening focusing on your nutrition during the day is key to a successful evening race. Believe me this is something many an athlete does get wrong. Over the day focus on sources of carbohydrates from whole foods this will provide a more regulated and steady stream of glucose into your bloodstream as you digest them. Steady blood sugar will decrease your likelihood of having low energy during your race. Many of these foods are easily digested if consumed in the right quantity and won't leave you with a heavy stomach pre race.
But whether it’s a running race or a triathlon, try a bit of pregame play. Pack a race bag, and then go outside in your driveway to get ready to leave. Do you need to go back inside for anything? Make a note so you don’t forget whatever you needed come event morning.
For a triathlon, practice, practice, practice for transitions. Set up stations in your driveway and, even if you don’t have a pool, put on all of your swim gear, soak yourself with the garden hose, and run into transition and hop on your bike, do a quick spin, then come in and switch to running gear. Putting on shoes while frazzled and wet, remembering to spray sunscreen, running with your bike — these are all skills that need to be practiced so you’re not just standing like a statue, panicking in transition on race day.
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