Vicky Holland certainly knows her stuff when it comes to race day preparation – here are her top tips for triathlon success…
– Crumple your race number so that it acts as less of a sail – it’s a shame to catch drag from something so simple as this when most of us will have invested heavily on aero bikes and kit!
– Always do a warm up before the swim in the water so your body can adjust to the cold.
– If it is a cold-water race, always wear arm warmers under your wetsuit as this will really help on the bike.
– Ensure you have plenty of layers, especially socks and gloves to put on after your warm-up in colder races so you will remain warm before the start.
– Always remember to sight and never rely on the person in front… you never know, they may be going in the wrong direction anyway!
– Put baby oil/wetsuit lube on both the neck of your wetsuit and from the knee down to help get it off quicker.
– Remember nutrition is key – always eat and drink plenty on the bike especially in hot conditions and during longer distance races to avoid bonking.
– Ensure you get a good tri-specific bike fit, this will help you to run off the bike quicker and help you to avoid potenital injury.
– Attach your shoes to your bike pedals using elastic bands to save time in transition – practice this a few times and you will definitely reap the rewards!
– Ensure you’re prepared – from checking the course maps before you arrive, getting there early (or ideally the night before), and if possible driving/riding the bike and run routes beforehand so there are no surprises come raceday.
– It’s simple but effective… always have a post race recovery drink to help rebuild your muscles after the hard work you’ve just put in!
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