Hello F2BF readers! My name is Jillienne and I blog over at Chasing Raspberries where I write about living a fit, healthy life while training for triathlons! I am so honored to be writing for Lauren while she is enjoying herself in Florida!
So You’re Training for a Triathlon? Tricks of the Trade
Over the last year I have gotten heavily involved in triathlon training. I love the thrill that comes with all three sports! Since triathlon is a male-dominate sport, I have made it my mission to get more young females involved. I have even joined a non-profit triathlon team, California Triathlon. Anyone can do a triathlon, and I mean anyone! If I, who started all three sports a year ago, can do triathlons so can you.
Triathlons typically consist of a swim, bike, and run and vary in all shapes and sizes. If you have ever trained for a triathlon, you understand what a serious time commitment it can be, but also how it’s one of the most rewarding experiences.
Since I have started training for triathlons, I have learned a few tricks of the trade that I thought I would share:
- Lick your goggles instead of using anti-fog spray. It works like a charm every time.
- Wetsuits make you buoyant. Don’t fight it, use it toward your advantage.
- If you have long hair, always braid it under your swim cap. This will prevent a rats nest from forming on the bike.
- While bike drafting will likely get you a penalty in most triathlons, swim drafting is perfectly legal. Learn to draft on the swim.
- Don’t waste time drinking water in transition. Fuel up while you are on the bike to prepare yourself for the run. My favorite concoction is half watermelon juice/half water. The watermelon acts as an electrolyte thanks to the potassium and reduces muscle soreness after the race.
- Skip wearing socks to save time and use clipless pedals to gain more power on the bike.
- It’s not a bad idea to stuff a snot rag in your bra after transition. My nose tends to run once I get on the bike.
- Be sure to train for the race with brick workouts by biking then running immediately afterwards. You only need to run 10% of what you have biked during these workouts.
- Fuel up on the bike before you reach the transition to the run.
- While I sometimes skip the socks on the bike during shorter triathlons, I always wear socks for the run to prevent blisters. There are different schools of thought on this tip.
While I will be the first to admit that I am not a triathlon expert, I have completed a few of them, and I just started training for my first Ironman 70.3. in October! Hopefully you will learn from the mistakes I made during racing. If you are interested in learning more about triathlons, be sure to read my Triathlon 101 post here!