There is still plenty of time to start training for the 2016 Guildford Triathlon events if you haven’t already! Guildford’s Phoenix Triathlon Club have come up with some great training tips to ensure you’re all ready for the event on 29th May. Enjoy!
When you decide it’s time to start training, think about what it is that you want to achieve. You’ll spend about a fifth of the total race time swimming, half the time cycling, and about 30% of it running – so try to divide your training to match this. Grab a pen and paper and start planning your diary! Each week, you should do roughly equal numbers of swim, bike and run workouts, but your bike workouts should be longer and your swims shorter. For example, if you work out six times, you might try to swim twice, bike twice, and run twice, but your longest bike ride might be one hour, whereas your swims last 30 minutes each and your runs, 40 minutes.
Worried about how much time you’ll spend training? Remember, this is just an example, and you can be savvy with your time. Could you start cycling to work, or swim in your lunch break? Be sure to practice running straight after cycling too, as this can be a strange experience for the first time. There are plenty of pre-written training plans out there, but you need to make sure you don’t train too hard or too often too soon. Take advice from reputable sources, but tailor your plan to suit you and your life. If you’re still feeling unsure, you could seek advice from @uktrichat on Facebook/Twitter, or go to a free taster session at your local Tri Club, Phoenix Triathlon.
As for your final preparations, organise everything you need the night before and try to keep well hydrated and rested ahead of your race. Be sure to have read all the race pack information thoroughly, as worrying about logistics is just going to add to any race day nerves. Get to Surrey Sports Park early and make sure you know where all the key race areas are: transition, registration, bike exit /entry points, first aid and the toilets!
The transition area is the designated area where you will ‘rack’ your bike. You will also put your bike, helmet, towel and any drinks or supplements; a small bag or box to keep all this in will keep you extra organised. T1 is the transition from swim to bike and T2 is the transition from bike to run – these both take place in the transition area. There will be timing mats at each transition which is live to web electronic timing. Make sure you familiarise yourself with where you have ‘racked’ your bike! This may sound obvious, but the transition area looks completely different in the morning to how it does in the race, so pick an obvious building or tree to make a reference point from, not something that has the potential to move!
If in doubt about anything – just ask! Whether it’s your fellow competitors or a volunteer, everybody remembers their first triathlon and is happy to help. The main thing is just to relax and enjoy the day!