Month: April 2015

Triathlon hints and tips – v2

It is amazing the amount of little things I have picked up from the Triathlon training day and from fellow Triathletes. Hope you find the below useful, and sorry if these are well known

  • Always wear your timing chip on your left leg. This stops the risk of getting it caught in your bike chain
  • If it is raining bring plastic bags to put your trainers and cycling shoes in. Will mean you have dry shoes to put on during transition
  • Screw up your race number. This helps to stop it from flapping around so much
  • Lie your helmet with the chin strap open, and place the helmet so that you put your hands either side and lift it straight onto your head
  • Always take your bike out for a quick ride when you get to an event. To make sure you are in the right gear and your bike didn’t get damaged in transport
  • Buy a mini hole punch, this really helps for attaching race numbers if there are no holes already in them
  • Rack your bike, with the handle bars facing towards you. That way all you need to do is push back on the handle bars and the bike will easily come off the rack
  • Rack your bike at the end closest to the mount line. It is faster to run without your bike than with it
  • Relax and enjoy yourself. My best triathlon times have been when I have smiled and enjoyed the event
  • Elastic laces are brilliant and well worth the money
  • If doing a long run (or you always wear socks), take the time to put socks on. It will only take an extra minute at the most and it is well worth it
  • Check out the bike route before the race if you can. It is easy to miss or take a wrong turn on the day
  • If it is warm enough and you have the confidence in the lake, don’t be afraid to go without a wet-suit. You can save lots of time in transition by not wearing one
  • If like me you suffer from asthma, take your time in Transition and catch your breath and calm your breathing down
  • Always bring warm clothes to change into after the race

East Coast Triathlon – First Tri of 2015 and Review

It seemed so long ago when I signed up for this, however it came around so quickly, how is it April already!!

For some reason I lost all confidence in my ability to complete a Triathlon and was in panic mode again. To the extent that I almost didn’t turn up today.

It hadn’t been the best of weeks, was away for part of the week with work. Rob has been very ill and have spent the rest of the week looking after him. Had hardly any sleep and was feeling pretty run down and unprepared.

However thanks to my wonderful friends and family who constantly help support and encourage me, even though I know I must be so annoying. They helped me get through today and I absolutely loved it.

I loved the mixture of people who took part today, from those that had to rest after every 25 meters, who swam with their heads out of the water doing breaststroke and to those on mountain bikes. These people are what make this sport so great to watch and be a part of.

Race registration was a little bit slow and made getting ready a little bit of a rush. However that was probably a good thing as it meant after race briefing I only had time to put my bag into a locker and go straight to pool side (I was number 13).

The 250m swim was 6 lanes, where you did 2 lengths and then went under the rope into the next lane. After doing 10 lengths you were at the exit side of the pool. This worked really well as it saved you having to keep count.

The 16k bike section also was really good as there was always someone ahead of you to chase. It was 3 laps along Gt Yarmouth sea front.

Finally a 3k run, that was along the promenade. It was an out and back style which again meant it was easy to work out where to go. Finishing at the Marina Centre.

I finished in 1 hour and 1 minute. Would loved to have broken the hour mark but at the same time was really chuffed with that time as it was faster than I was hoping.

I finished 2nd in my age group and was 17 out of 56 women overall. Full set of results are here

Really great start to the season. However need to work on my bike more for the next race.

Review

Location – Marina Centre, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2ER

Type – Pool Swim (10 laps), cycle on public roads (3 laps) and a run on beach Promenade (1 lap)

Entry Fee – £38 (£33 with BTF* membership)

Medal – Yes and age group trophies

Goody bag – No

Event facilities  – Cafe, showers, toilets, lockers, paid for parking

Chip timed – Yes

Start Type – Individual timed start, fastest swim times first. All females and then males.

Would I do this event again? – Yes

Overall Score – 9.5/10

Summary

Registration was slow and took a while. However I can’t fault anything else. Great event.

* British Triathlon Membership

Review – Victory Super Sprint Triathlon (2014)

Location – Victory Swim and Fitness Centre, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 0DZ

Type – Pool Based Swim (6 laps), cycle on public roads (1 lap) and a run on trails around the park (2 laps)

Distances – 300m Pool Swim – 17km Bike – 3km Run

Entry Fee – £35 (£30 with BTF* membership)

Medal – Yes and age group trophies

Goody bag – No

Event facilities  – Free on-site parking (This was very limited), cafe, showers, toilets, lockers,massage tent

Chip timed – Yes

Start Type – Individual timed start, fastest swim times first. All females and then males.

Would I do this event again? – Yes

Overall Score – 7/10

Summary

To get in the car park you have to get to the event early. Registration was slow and took a while. Bike route was a little confusing and easy to get lost. Better sign’s, more marshals needed.

* British Triathlon Membership