"I've been told that swimming is a wimp sport. I don't see it. We don't get timeouts in the middle of a race, we can't stop and catch our breath, and we can't ask for a substitution." Dusty Hicks
|Just looks fast doesn't she? You bet.|
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Paul Offit, MD
In short, the take home lesson is clear. Preparation for this race, for any race, is the key to success. Perhaps like many things in life I suspect. Check, recheck and then check one more time before you leave home that you have everything. (Have I ever arrived at the race site only to discover that my bike shoes were still at home? Yes. But, as importantly, will I ever do it again?)
Can you preview the course the day before? Maybe a short swim at the venue then drive the run/bike course? Have supper planned (need reservations?) weeks in advance and get to bed early with everything you'll need for race morning out and ready.
Get to the event site way early, check in and get your transition situated. Walk from water's exit to you bike slowly, mentally marking the path, picking a reference for your row of bikes. Do it again. Walk from your bike to the T1 exit. Do it again. This is enough, making the point that before the race cannon sounds you know everything you're going to do and every place you're going to go. It will pay off at the post-race picnic when yours is one of the names called for an age group podium finish. Your reward.