Remember when I used to swim and bike, in addition to running like a madwoman?
That sure was a lot of fun! In fact, one of the things I’m most looking forward to when the marathon is completed is getting back on the bike and into the pool.
Anyone who participates in any of the three sports, let alone all of the three sports (back to back!) knows that there is a LOT of gear involved. While I’m no expert triathlete, I can confidently say that one of the most essential skills is organization. The last thing you want is to discover that you’ve forgotten an essential component as you’re setting up your transition area.
Here are some tips for having a smooth, organized race.
* Make a list. Check it twice.
* As you put the items into your bag, check them off on the list. This prevents you from becoming paranoid, taking out things as you double-check and then leaving them at home.
* When you arrive at the race site, set up your transition area exactly as you’ve practiced.
* Smile, breathe, and (dolphin)kick booty. Repeat on bike and run.
Want an opportunity to practice these skills? Well, I’ve got the perfect late season tri for you!
My favorite running store: See Jane Run (for which I am a proud ambassador) is presenting a SPRINT TRIATHLON at Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton on October 5th.
I can’t tell you how much I would love to participate in this event. If I weren’t doing another, endurance event the next day in another state (ahem, I’MRUNNINGAMARATHON), I would be there in a heartbeat! See Jane Run’s races are wonderfully positive and fun. Shadow Cliffs is a great place for a beginner and experienced athletes alike. Since I can’t race, I’d love to give YOU the opportunity to race!
To win a FREE RACE ENTRY to the See Jane Run Sprint Triathlon on 10/5, all you gotta do is answer this question:
What’s your favorite night before the race ritual or activity?
I will pick a winner at random on Monday 9/29. There is not a lot of turnaround time so clear your calendar and stock up on Gu just in case! I know a great store where you can get it…. 😀