Training for the race is only half the battle. True Triathlete success is all in the details. Don’t put yourself through the painful trial and error process and instead take these helpful, inexpensive, simple tips:
- 1. Chamois Cream– Or as we like to call it, Miracle cream. This is for those exhaustive training days long-distant races. If you claim to never have any issues after being seated on a bike for a long period of time, you must have an outstanding bike fit, or use chamois cream to prevent extra chafing and rubbing in the unspeakable areas. This is a lifesaver when it comes to three-hour plus rides.
- 2. Wetsuit Lubricant– Suit movement in the neck area while swimming can cause skin to chafe. Applying this lubricant will help to prevent such discomfort. This lubricant can also help when on the run. You might chafe in in the middle of your thighs or under your armpits from the skin on skin rubbing. Applying lubricants such as tri glide will prevent these types of skin burns.
- 3. Transition Towel– Running out of the water with no shoes can lead to dirty feet. Having a towel laid out in the transition area with your gear displayed is an easy way to avoid dirt, rocks, or foreign objects in your shoes for the remainder of the race.
- 4. Cheap Water Bottles– There is never enough space to hold things on your bike. Sometimes it is just easier to throw away (in the trashcans on the course) rather than hold onto them for keepsake. Keep your favorite water bottles for training. Come race day, bust out the cheap/freebie water bottles that can be responsibly tossed aside.
- 5. Sunscreen– Don’t be the person who has a great race but spends their victory in agony. Sunscreen is everything! You can purchase small spray bottles in the dollar store for your transition. Wearing sunscreen also saves energy. The sun can be draining, especially if you are getting a burn. That extra 15 seconds to apply sunscreen is worth it!
- 6. Extra Nutrition– It’s never a bad idea to have an extra gel or nutrition on race day! Often contestants drop a gel or just need the extra fuel due to unexpected temperature increases. It’s never a bad idea to have extra nutrition on hand in case those magical aid stations are no where to be found.
For the few, the brave and the strong who dare to become triathletes, these tips will make your triathlon experience better, faster and chafe free!