This week’s focus for Running and Reading Long is race preparation. I know that I’ve just started training for my next race, but that doesn’t mean I can’t already start preparing.
Although I am doing the Color Run and a 65 mile bike ride (simple pace, not a race), the thing I am training and focusing on most is the Bethany Beach Triathlon.
The Triathlon is Sunday, September 23. The race consists of 1000 meter Swim/Beach Run (.62 miles), 30k Bike (18.5 miles), and 7k Run (4.35 miles). The transition area for the race opens at 5:30, prerace events are a 7:15, and the race starts at 7:30. Can’t forget the post race party after, too . Packet pick-up is the night before from 4-8 and there is also an expo along with it!
Some things we were supposed to research for this week’s post in order to be fully prepared include:
- Fueling during the race – there is nothing on the website saying anything about fueling offered during the race, but I plan to have gels in my bike shirt
- “Night before” preparation – set out my outfit, make sure I have cap, goggles, clip shoes, race information, Garmin, socks, shoes, water bottles, towel, gels, sunglasses, running belt, etc.
- Hydration – water bottle on bike and extra in transition, drink more than enough water the day and night before, there are 3 places during the run with water, incorporate sport drink to last longer
- Race day activities – prerace events before as well as a three hour party after and hopefully spending time at the beach!
Some things that I am still worried about: what to wear on the top to be comfortable the whole time. I have triathlon shorts but I don’t know what I should wear as a top?! A sports bra maybe and then put my biking shirt on? A special triathlon top? Not sure!! Everything I researched said to wear a wetsuit, but as this is my first major triathlon, I don’t know whether spending the money on a wetsuit is the best idea. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Also, do I wear clip shoes and then switch to my sneakers? Or switch back to my old pedals and just wear the sneakers the whole time?
Lastly, what will I do to make the race fun? Well, how can it not be fun…I am racing with my best friend and boy friend!
In my research, I found some good articles:
11 Triathlon Rules You Should Know
How Triathletes Stay Hydrate On Race Day
Triathlon Swim: How to Stay on Course
So far this week, I have ran, swam, and cross trained, and this morning I planned on going for a ride but woke up to a storm. The hardest thing will be training while in San Diego…I have no idea what my resources will be like!!
Anyone that has any triathlon tips, please let me know!
And the winner of the Girls4Sport giveaway is:
Louise from Runner’s Ramblings! Congrats, Louise!! Look forward to an email from me!
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Have a good day!