Four Tips for Your First Triathlon of the Season
The arrival of spring marks the kickoff for many triathletes to start racing after a few months of down time. If you’re preparing for your first triathlon of the year, here are a few tips to consider before toeing the line of your first race.
Hopefully you’ve done enough training to ensure you’re fit enough to finish your race. While your physical condition is the most important component to performing well on race day, it’s also important to make sure you’re comfortable using all the gear you’ll need on race day. If you do most of your swim training in a pool, try to work in a few open water swims wearing your wetsuit to get used to the sensation. Practice cycling and running in whatever you plan to wear on race day. The idea here is to be as comfortable and confident as possible with your gear. And remember, never use anything new on race day.
You’ll be eager to put your fitness to the test and go out hard from the start, but consider that your body may not be ready to sustain a high intensity effort for very long, especially if it’s been a while since your last race. Your adrenaline may be pumping, but try to keep your heart rate from spiking at the start of the swim. If you enter an anaerobic zone, which is about 85% of your maximum heart rate, you will quickly begin to fatigue and may need to slow down significantly in order to finish your event. Think about getting faster as the race goes on so you have the energy to finish the run feeling strong.
Have Fun and Don’t Stress
Setting goals will help you stay motivated, but don’t worry too much about your time or place in your first race of the season. Your top priority should be to have fun and feel good. If you make those two objectives your top priority, you have a much higher likelihood of succeeding compared to a performance related goal, like finishing on the podium in your age group.
Identify Areas to Improve
Take some time after your race to reflect on the experience and consider how you could improve your performance. Is there a specific area of your training that needs some help? Did you drink enough and fuel properly? Is there a piece of gear that may have a significant impact on your experience? If you feel totally satisfied with your performance, that’s great too. But some simple reflection could go a long way toward enhancing your experience at your next race.Email Address Invalid. Please enter an email address in the format: email@example.comSteve
4 years ago.To have a Great Triathlon year ! ! !Sandy Glass
5 years ago.My goal was to compete in the veterans division. I did, and I learned a lot from them.Cindy L
5 years ago.First tri of my life tomorrow. I hope to finish... ICarly
5 years ago.Training for masters. Maybe one day I'll be at the top :)Tina McEvoy
5 years ago.Trying to beat my personal best from last seasonMarta
5 years ago.Finish! Just finish my first race this fall!!!Bob
5 years ago.2:28 OlympicJim Metz
5 years ago.My goal is to be able to resume training at age 69 after being out of the pool for 50 years due to work, family, surgeries, and life. The pools seem a lot cooler these days, even here in Florida, so I need a wetsuit to eliminate one more reason to not skip a workout. :-)Leslie Nagel
5 years ago.My goal for my first race is to finish and not have an anxiety attack in the open water (first outdoor triathlon ever!) :)Andy Ebright
5 years ago.Doing my first 140.6 this summer and hoping to stay horizontal in the water and vertical on the run!Nick
5 years ago.Break into the top 10 this yearChristian Wisniewski
5 years ago.In our open water swim I am the highest returning finisher on my team, going for 1stScott
5 years ago.Set a new 500 yard PRRob Schutz
5 years ago.Want to improve on my run so I can finish strong this year!!Donna Griffin
5 years ago.I am training for my very first triathlon! My first time swimming since a teenager...I got in the pool! First day, I put my face in the water and freaked out. Since then, I have developed a huge support group of swimmers/triathletes!!! I am blessed to now overcome my fears of the water and hitting my training head on! Next week going for my first open water swim!Matt
5 years ago.First Tri!Kevin
5 years ago.Escape from AlcatrazKathy Cornish
5 years ago.I need to improve my swim so I can beat TinaDon
5 years ago.First in age group in 17K Portland Bridge swimKelly
5 years ago.I am an above the knee amputee and my goal for my first event (water aerobics at the Y) is to keep up with everyone else and exceed the instructors expectations.Demetri
5 years ago.Finish my first Tinman in hopes to eventually complete an Ironman.Chris McEvoy
5 years ago.Having fun and racing is my aim. I just need to finish and feel happy with my performance.Tina McEvoy
5 years ago.My goal is to have a good swim, a strong bike and to run well off the bike and to keep the pace according to race plan!Eduardo Tang
5 years ago.I want to swim again the "Ruta Olaya" (22 kms of open water swim in peruvian cold water) but this time without fins!!!Monica MM
5 years ago.Swim for the first time on the cold Pacific waters!!!!Add a Comment
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