Top four Insider tips for rocking a women's triathlon
Posted Jan 30 2010 4:47pm
Women's triathlons are all the rage these days. So I've put together some
insider tips for you to rock your race at the next all-female event. Dudes -
feel free to read and pass these tips on to your wife, girlfriend, mom or
sister. Heck, you might even be able to use a few of the tips yourself. Just
don't don a skirt and try to sneak into the race.
Women's Triathlon Insider Tip 1.
A women's triathlon will most likely
consist of a wave start, which means that you'll leave with smaller group of
other women in your age category. Some people think that wave starts tend to
be a bit less brutal than a mass start, but I beg to differ. It only takes a
half-dozen women swimming in your space to make you feel like you're in a
Here's your women's triathlon insider tip 1: when you line
up on the beach, don't sight off the first buoy that you see. Instead, sight
off the first buoy that you're supposed to TURN AROUND, and plan to swim
straight to that buoy. All the other buoys up to that point are just there
to serve as a rough guide. If you follow them, you're likely to zig-zag and
get stuck with the rest of the group who didn't read this article.
Women's Triathlon Insider Tip 2.
Assuming you are wearing bike shoes and
cleats, if you can get out of your shoes early, it will help tremendously
with decreasing your transition time.
Here's how to do it: wait until your
are on a slight, controlled downhill or a flat, then, when the knee of your
right leg comes up towards the top tube, unstrap the shoe, slip your foot
out and then place your bare foot on top of the shoe. Pedal a few times to
get your speed back up, then do the same thing with the left side. If you're
going slow, it will be difficult to balance, so make sure you've got some
forward velocity when you use this insider tip.
Women's Triathlon Insider Tip 3:
When you first come off the bike, your legs
are actually quite accustomed to turning over at a rapid pace, especially if
you haven't been mashing gears. For this reason, don't "stride out" when you
run, especially for that first half mile or so. Instead, take baby steps and
focus on a high cadence and relaxed pace.
This will help you avoid that
feeling of having bricks attached to your running shoes. It will almost feel
like you're "shuffling", but as long as you lean forward, this style of
running is quite efficient when you first get off the bike. Eventually, once
you've found your running legs and running no longer feels like an alien
activity, start to lengthen your stride just a bit and speed up.
Women's Triathlon Insider Tip 4:
Everybody seems to think that men are the
people with the brash egos and the tendency to intimidate or be intimated by
physical appearances. But based on the nervous glances, strutting, and
sizing-up that occurs prior to any women's triathlon, it's pretty apparent
that women are the same way, especially when competition is involved. So
don't psyche yourself out or let others do so. No matter how fast or fit
someone looks, you never know how good they actually are until the smoke
clears at the finish line. So be quietly confident, trust your fitness, and
go out and rock the race you've prepared for!
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