In lieu of our regularly-scheduled Essential Triathlon Training Tip this Tuesday, this week we bring you some tips to conquer the age group races in San Diego courtesy of our partners at USA Triathlon. Even if you can’t make it for the race, the webinar is chalked full of great tips for your next race. Whether you are a veteran triathlete or just revving up for your first sprint, here are a few tips from the webinar everyone can benefit from:
Don’t forget to check the transportation plan for getting to the race the week leading up to the event. Unpredictable events like weather can change transportation routes and road closures, so it’s important stay updated on how you are getting yourself and all your gear to the start line. After all, nothing ruins a perfect triathlon plan like missing the start!
Planning your nutrition
There will be no aid stations on the bike in San Diego, which is a good reminder competitors everywhere to always be sure to find out in advance where the aid stations are so you can plan your nutrition throughout the race. Don’t assume there will be water on each discipline, as congested course plans may call for restricted aid access. Map out your water, sports drinks and gel intake according to each specific course.
In San Diego, the age group races for Olympic and sprint distances will go off at different times, but the categories will overlap making some of the areas congested. No matter what race you have planned, keep an eye out for fellow athletes. You don’t get through a triathlon without a hunger for the finish line, but you’ll never get there if you crash with a competitor on the course. Know when you can and can’t pass other athletes so you can plan when to execute your need for speed.
Have fun and smile
San Diego has a great finish area planned to help you celebrate and recover in style with a beer garden and first aid section. Whether you need an adult beverage or some medical care to soothe your sore muscles, you’ll find it just over the finish line. As in all races, before you get there, remember to take it all in those last few meters. Smile for the camera and reflect on all the hard training that got you to race day!
With just a few videos left in this training tip series, this week we take a look at foot positioning, rhythm, and the efficient use of muscles on the run.
If we have said it before, we’ll say it again. A strong core is key to having a strong triathlon. It’s also important for preventing and staving off old injuries, especially on the run.
This week, we transition from the bike to the run in the last chapter of the Essential Triathlon Training Tips. This week's video is loaded with helpful tips on remaining injury free and staying safe while running.
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In this week's video tip of the week, we explore the relationship between music, high cadence and stellar bike speeds. Check out this video to learn about optimal RPMs and measuring your cadence.
Improving your core strength is just a small way to vastly increase your capacity to crush the bike course. Check out this training tip video to learn how to decrease your energy output while increasing your speed.
Creating your optimal race plan takes time and practice. Check out this video for tips on conserving energy on the bike while maintaining an optimal velocity with drills to perfect your cornering and bike control.
In our last transition tip video, we take a look at all the variable components of the transition area. Take a look at this video to to help you get off your bike and onto the run faster than ever.
Did you know your line of vision is an important factor in the transition area? Get more transition tips in this week´s transition coordination video.
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After learning how to stabilize your core in last week’s video tips, it’s time to improve your coordination in the water. Put your new core power to use with these swim rhythm tips.
Training tips for 2013 are back. This week, watch this video to learn how to improve your core, which is fundamental to improving swim times.
Safety is the utmost important factor when training and racing a triathlon. In this week’s training tip video, we bring you some essential tips to practice that will help keep you safe on the swim.
Both seasoned and rookie triathletes often find the swim a daunting portion of a triathlon. But worry no more. In this week’s essential triathlon training tips, we begin to review techniques to improve your swim.
Whether you are a veteran triathlete or just starting out, today we bring you the first of several videos featuring essential triathlon training tips designed to improve your form and technique.