Training and Advice

Triathlon.

Our events are fun and friendly affairs, so do the wheels on your bike go round, does your wet-suit look like its had better days, what about the those trainers were they used at your school sport sessions.
Its fine, you do not need to go and buy lots of really new kit, what you have or can beg, borrow but don't steal is good enough.

Your pace

Our events attract many athletes at different levels, we have pro Tri-athletes training, age group Tri-athletes seeing at what level they are at, average people just like you just seeing what he/she can do and then your Aunt/Uncle,Mum/Dad just using it as a challenge or to raise money for their chosen charity.

Compete with-in yourself, you are battling against yourself and not the person in front, pacing in any event is so important, push too hard and you'll have a DNF,you don't want that.

The night before the race.

At our events you collect everything you need on the Morning of the event, you simply sign your name get your race numbers and stick them all on in the right places. A number is required on the helmet to the front. One number is placed on the bike , which you can place on your seat post or cabling.
You also get some supporter numbers for the kids, and one for your Kit bag

CHECK YOUR KIT.

You should check all your kit now, and then continue to check it, its more about piece of mind than anything else, but leave it till the night before and something will be missing, pack it ready to go at least 1 week before the start of the event, you then have a week to source the missing or broken bits, and we mean check it, touch it look at it, dont just chuck it in the bag.

CHECK YOUR BIKE.

Check your bike at least a week before the race in order to get things repaired in a timely fashion.
Please be aware that race officials will do a bike check where they see your helmet fastens properly, your brakes work, and your tri bars (If you have them) are secure and that you have bar ends in place.

PACK YOUR KIT BAG.

Pack your kit a week before, tick it off the list and then leave it, you don't need to check it again until the night before the race.
What are essential items?


Wet-suit.
Swim hat ( As bright as you can find ).
Swim goggles.
Flip flops ( Stones in the feet hurt ).
Towel for transition area.
Bike shoes.
Helmet ( NO HELMET NO RACE ).
Tool Kit: tube, CO2, levers, multi-tool
Run shoes, with spare laces.
Drink bottles.
Post-race recovery bottles (If required).
Energy gels/bars / bananas ( If you want something between disciplines ).
Sunglasses ( You still want to look good ).
Race clothes.
Race numbers.
Plastic bags.
“Marker”.
Training device (Garmin, Timex, etc.) & heart rate strap.
Body Glide ( It helps your wet-suit slide on but its not essential ).
Sunscreen.
Vaseline, powder, band-aids.
Warm clothes for after

Race day bottles.

Make your race day bottles the night before, it just saves time in the morning. This generally makes sense in hotter climates or in the UK if we are lucky and get some sun, as the bottles caN stay overnight in the fridge or even freezer and you have a cold drink for the race.

What goes in your bottle is up to you, look at the Hydrating section on the left for some advice.

Towels

A towel on which you place your running shoes. Some athletes also place their gels for the run on the towel. The towels help prevent small stones and even thorns from getting into your shoes when you change. So, yes, use them to stand on when you change.

Plastic bags

Why on earth this item, you ask? Very simple, rain. This is england and its rains, eventually you will do an event where everything gets soaked and you will know why we suggest plastic bags to place over your shoes, etc.

Transition

This is often called the fourth discipline in triathlon for those at the top of the sport. However for many people transition is simply where all your swim-to-bike and bike-to-run kit is kept during the race. You'll be given a race number which you'll need to wear on the bike and run, and a timing chip to time you from start to finish.

You'll need to rack your bike and layout your kit before the race starts, there is limited space in transition so be respectful and what ever you do don't touch anyone else's bike.

Your helmet must be fastened before you move your bike and cannot be removed until the bike is racked again.

Marshals and a official will be in transition and can answer any questions you might have.

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The swim is an open water one, such as a lake or the sea, and if you’re taking part in an open water event you will need a wet suit and swim hat (NICE AND BRIGHT)
The swim start will be in waves Sprint/Olympic. You can do either front crawl or breast stroke in the event, whichever you prefer.
Helmets are compulsory for all races; even the elite stars wear them. A bike is an essential bit of kit, but as long as it's been serviced and road worthy you can use it. Our triathlon races are on roads open to other traffic. If you're nervous or new to cycling, it would be useful to practice riding your bike on quiet roads until you have built up your confidence. The bike route on your race will be signposted and have officials to help direct you. However, it's always useful to check the competitor information to check the route before the race
Shoes are the most important part of your running equipment, and it is worth making sure your trainers fit and are comfortable. Running after the bike can be a little different, but don't panic; it will get easier as you continue to run. There will be a drinks stations at the start, and again the route will be signposted and have officials.

These are the race distances we use

Super sprint distance: 200m (swim), 15km (bike), 2.5km (run) Sprint distance: 400m (swim), 25km (bike), 5km (run) Olympic distance: 1500m (swim), 48km (bike), 10km (run

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