Triathlon is one of the greatest tests of an individual’s physical ability, not to mention a test of adjusting to three different sports in one race. An ultimate endurance race, triathlon has experienced a huge uplift in participation in recent years.
Whether you’ve signed up to your first tri this summer, or just want some inspiration to sign-up, here are some top tips to get through the race and come out the other side smiling and eager to complete your next one.
To attack a triathlon well, you need a solid plan of action around your training regime running up to the event. This must be one that you know you can keep to. Having a structured plan will keep your motivation high and enable you to go into the race with a positive mindset and attack the race with a ‘race mentality’.
On the race day itself, it is obviously very important to fuel yourself correctly to sustain your body throughout the race. Your breakfast needs to contain slow-burning carbs, for example whole grains, to give you a slow burn of energy throughout the race. Hydration is again important in the morning, and throughout the race. You will also want to fuel throughout the race, and the bike section of your triathlon is the ideal time to do this. Take on either a carb based gel, or carb drink if you prefer, to ensure your energy stores are replenished after the swim and give you the carb levels needed to complete the rest of the race.