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All your weeks and months of training have come down to this day. It is time to put together everything you have practiced and learned. This is your chance to push yourself.
Tapering is as big a part of your race preparation as any of the other training you have done to this point. Unfortunately, tapering is an inexact science at best. Each person responds to training and tapering differently, so the key is to listen to your own body.
Smooth transitions are the key to great races. Time in the transition zone separates veteran triathletes from novices. The secrets to efficient transitions are planning and practice. You should prepare your equipment in advance: don't wait until race weekend to make changes in your equipment or buy new running shoes or goggles.
This is where we put it all together. Once you have mastered each of the individual sports, you need to work on doing them one after another. As you get closer to race day, you should incorporate brick workouts into your training schedule. A brick workout pairs two of the triathlon sports into back-to-back workouts with no rest in between.
Once you climb off your bike and head out on the run the rest is downhill, figuratively, if not literally. Each of us is born with a natural running style, but that doesn't mean we can't benefit from some mechanical changes to make us more efficient. When you run efficiently, you can run faster and farther, with fewer chances for injury.
Once you have finished the swim, you will head to the transition zone and attempt to find your bike. When you check your bike in the day before the race, make sure to note some visual landmarks. These will help you find your bike when you get to the race site in the morning to get ready and when you are running up from the swim.
For many triathletes, even experienced ones, the swim portion of the race is the most daunting, but it doesn't have to be. With some quality training and good strategy, the swim section will be the start of a great race.
Training for three different sports may sound challenging, and it is. But it is this very challenge that keeps athletes coming back for more.
Your first triathlon is approaching fast and it is time to start getting ready. Let's start with a few basic tips: If you are not exercising regularly, consider consulting with your doctor before starting any training program.