Here are 4 simple tips to help you choose the right Triathlon race for you!
Do you have enough time to prepare
Whether it’s your first ’try-a-tri’ or Ironman, it’s vital that you give yourself enough time to prepare for a race. Rushing into an event without preparing properly can dramatically increase your chances of either injury or not finishing. The best thing to do is write down the race date and what distances you’ll need to be able to do. Then work backwords from race day to the current date and see if you realistically have enough time to get to where you need to be. This doesn’t mean putting off events because getting ready in time will be a challenge, but it pays to plan ahead and train!
With the increasing popularity of Triathlon, there are now many more races for us to choose from! When registering for an event it’s good to remember that you may need to check your bike into transition the night before the event. That could mean either a long drive or an over-night stay. Also consider how long it will take to get from your accomodation to the event on race morning. Best practice is to arrive with plenty of time to spare. That way you’ll feel more relaxed and can focus on having a great race!:o)
Race Course Profile
Everybody has strenghts and weaknesses and when choosing a race course it can sometimes be a good idea to play up to your strengths. Most sprint races are extremely beginner friendly, but there are a few tougher events out there that can have harder courses than most. The name of the event is usually a good indicator. For instance, if you’re a newbie it might be better to skip the “Screaming Hills of Hell Triathlon” until next year and instead focus on the “Motivator Beginner Sprint” for your first race!:o) On the other hand, if it happens that you’re a killer on the bike and eat hills for breakfast, then maybe that kind of route would play to your strengths! Doing some prior research on the race course can help you to target your training and have a great race.
Tri Swims can be in Pools, Rivers, Lakes or the Sea, so make sure you pick a race with a swim that you’re comfortable with. For many beginners a pool based race can be a great entry point into the world of triathlon. Saying that, I know many triathletes whose first swim was in the sea. Again have a quick think and then choose the venue that’s best for you!
The above 4 points are well worth taking into account when choosing a Triathlon, but don’t be afraid of a reasonable challenge either.
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