It’s all about preparation

Welcome to the first of my #TriathlonThursday SoBC blogs. My aim, over the next few weeks, is to prepare you for the challenge you’re taking on at this year’s SoBC. It doesn’t matter if you’re participating in a single element in a relay team, a run, or a Sprint or Olympic distance triathlon, or working on the ‘fourth discipline’ of a triathlon – transition. And whether you’re doing it for the first time or the 10th time, there are things that everyone needs to think about.

Your SOBC check list

Now is a good time to start planning for what’s going to happen on the day. Are you a list maker? If so, creating a list covering the things you need is valuable:

  • What clothing do I need before and after the event?
  • What clothing and equipment do I need for the event itself?
  • What time does the event start and what time is my event?
  • Any travel arrangements?

We will return to check lists in a later blog. However, if you start a list now, as you think of things while training or talking to teammates, it will give you an opportunity to cover everything.

In preparing for the event have a think about:

  • What are my strengths? How will these help?
  • What are the areas I need to put effort into to improve and be comfortable with the event?

Let’s talk about training ideas for each of the elements of the triathlon so that you can make the most of the time you have available.

Time to train 

If you can train regularly, the improvements will come – consistency is key.

Some of you will be working as a team so now is a good time to have a conversation about what you would like to achieve together. Remember you are all contributing to the overall outcome. You are doing a part of the race that suits you best and that others in the team may like less. This is the great thing about working together in a triathlon. Having and sharing a clear combined goal ensures you all keep focused to continue and work together.

Other considerations at this stage are:

  • Check your time over the actual distance so you know what you will achieve. Benchmark yourself. I have heard many people say “I am so slow” but do not know their time. It’s good to see where you fit in the team and with other teams.
  • Check what time you have available during your normal week to do some training. Then put the time you are allocating for training into the diary as an appointment so that it happens.
  • Train in and with the equipment you plan to use on the day. I have a rule of thumb – nothing new in the two weeks before the event. I have seen many people use something new on the day of the event and have problems they didn’t expect or plan for.

Join me next week for the next installment of #TriathlonThursday for more training tips and if you have any questions, please write them below and we’ll try to cover them over the coming weeks.

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