Alright due to all the great suggestions here I am competing in my first tri next Sunday (1 week away) in Waldo FL. It is Olympic distance and I am very excited except that it has been freezing here (for north Florida standards) and I am sure the lake is going to be very cold even in the wetsuit. Good news though is that the forecast for Sunday is a low of 48 high of near 70 and sunny =). I have a few questions below:
1) What would you suggest my training be like this week approaching the event? My ultimate goal is a 1/2 iron in May so this is more of a learning event and I am not looking to try to push my limits at this race. I can not afford an injury so if I get fatigued I plan to slow my pace even if that means walking.
2) The night before the event has a spaghetti dinner for competitors. Does this really do any good for the race the next day or can I skip out on the high white carbs that I normally limit in my diet.
3) Any suggestions for the first time racer that you think I should consider?
I would also like to thank everyone for the positive motivation this site provides. I am the fittest in my life and although I have a bit to go the suggestions to go for it several months ago has been the best suggestion ever. I am down to 190 lbs from over 260 and have found a sport I think I am going to love (already love training for it so the event should be the icing on the cake). Thank you so much and I will let you know how I do.