So this Saturday is my first tri ever. Training has gone superb, and I'm really confident coming into the weekend.
I was just wondering some of your thoughts for how to go about training the week of a tri.
Do lots of short, hard to medium hard race pace efforts. Some very short bricks, and practice your transitions. When you are not doing the short hard stuff, go very easy and focus on form.
Relax and have a good time. Don't stress performance too much for your fist couple races. Try to enjoy the experience and learn as much as you can. Good luck!
+1 Triguy... Practice the transitions. You may feel and even look stupid running down your drive way and hopping on your TT bike barefoot, but you will be glad you did it. Enjoy the moment, you'll never have another FIRST!
Go check out the course and know where you will be going. I just did my first and it would have helped a lot to know the route before hand.
+1 to all the above.
Make sure you don't do anything silly this week. You are trained and will not get in better shape in the next few days. But you can overdo it.
[quote=Warrior]Go check out the course and know where you will be going. I just did my first and it would have helped a lot to know the route before hand.[/quote]
Warrior did you get lost?
[quote=robmathews66][quote=Warrior]Go check out the course and know where you will be going. I just did my first and it would have helped a lot to know the route before hand.[/quote]
Warrior did you get lost?[/quote]
No but I didn't know where the hill ended and the descent was to begin, I think if I had known the course I would have pushed harder and brought my time down. I had never been in the area before. I had no idea how near or far I had been or gone either and perhaps a reccie in non battle heat conditions ( if you allow the analogy) would make sense.
Assuming the race is local. I'll advise not to go check out the course. It will only serve to freak you out. In fact, when I'm at a race, I purposely go down to the waterfront and ooh and ahh at how far that swim is! "OMG! That is so far! And feel that water! It is freezing! And I heard the wind will pick up tomorrow. This swim is going to suck!" Wonder why I do that? Because the noobs are there checking out the course. I'll even banter about how I drove the bike/run course (which I didn't really do) and talk all those hills! Sure, I'm snarky in real-life too.
Only "do" things you can control: Transitions, parking, nutrition plan, race-day logistics, where to get lunch afterwards, etc. So what if you see some hills on the course? Are you going to change the route? During the race you will be able to address what the course gives you: Make the appropriate ascent gearing or technical descent decisions and attack it. IMHO, previewing the course is an acknowledgement that you don't trust your training. Going out to see the course is a subconscious message that you question your ability to handle anything the course gives you. You already know the distance and you've trained for it. Thoroughbred race horses don't wander out of their stables at night to preview the track and neither should you.
-1 Tri Sooner,
I don't totally agree with your statement about a recce of the course, Iron and Half Iron Man probably not worth it, but for olympic downwards, if I can go a day early then I will drive the course and hopefully ride it dependent on distance, and possibly jog a lap of the run depending on distance. Now i'm no pro but with seven events under my belt I am no noob. I was introduced to this concept by a friend who qualified for the HIM worlds two years ago and Kona last year, him and a few of his top level buddies do this all the time . I don't always think there is a right or wrong in this sport but more often what suits one will not suit another.
Yo TriSooner. I couldn't disagree more, it wasn't the fear of seeing hills, it's knowing where they end so I know how far I could push myself. Doing the Recce is not putting any doubt whatsoever in my head, it's building my confidence my strength, they say forewarned is forarmed, don't leap before you look, all the common sense in the world says, go alone see what you are going to do, then visualise it , then do it while visualising it.
Thankfully I am not a horse who cannot pace himself or who does what i am told by the crack of the whip. I am an intelligent human being, for my first race if I had known the route I could have cut 10 15 mins off it easily, but I hadn't a clue, but as Rob says, it's subjective, what works for me clearly wouldn't work for you. If there is some idiot beside me telling me how tough it is going to be for him, I would reckon he isn't prepared and is pretty foolish or scared...... Sorry buts that's my take on it, being a noob doesn't mean we are stupid.
I've never scouted a course. I actually like going in blind. I know the benefits of scouting the course, but there is a huge difference in driving and riding. You might get to see where the hills and such are, but you're not going to get a feel for them sitting in a car. I get all my infor from the course maps. If I could actually pre ride a course on a bike, I might do that- but that is almost never a possibility around here.
Well I could have rode mine, normally the club do that the week before a race the ride the course, but the week previously it was pouring rain..
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