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One of the most exciting parts of racing is trying new races around the country or even the world…but that can also be one of the scariest. So is it possible to conquer a race you know absolutely nothing about? You bet. Don’t succumb to a lack of knowledge—go out and find it.
1. Start at the source
Scour the official website. Know your distances. Study the transition and course maps. Visualize yourself maneuvering through the race. If possible, also examine elevation maps. Take notes on areas of interest, such as a steep climb at mile 9.
2. Now dig deeper
Visit websites such as beginnertriathlete.com and sift through race reviews. Find athletes of similar abilities and get their take on the race. Race reviews are usually an accurate reflection and will give you an honest perspective on what to expect.
Check out my race report of Ironman 70.3 Timberman and Ironman Louisville!
3. Draw on your experience
After researching, recount similar experiences you’ve had. Isolate the skill sets that enabled you to be successful and draw on these for race day.
4. Time to cram
If at all possible, physically check out the race site. Packet pickups are typically the day before a race and the race site is in the process, if not totally, set up. Head to transition and walk through your ‘swim in, bike out, bike in, and run out’. Don’t take for granted you will see the signs in the midst of the race excitement. Visualize, visualize, visualize.
If possible ride, run or even drive the course. Familiarize yourself with turns, potholes, and elevation.
You’ve put in the training, now do your homework. Thoroughly researching your race can give you the tools you need to succeed on race day.
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Great tips! I’m actually a little embarrassed to admit that I’ve never done a race before, but if I do, I will for sure keep these in mind.
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Michelle Homan says
That’s ok Heather! These tips will def help!
Jen @ Pretty Little Grub says
I could see this being very important for triathalons because the course can really vary. For running, I look at the course profile just so I have an idea about hills but generally if I travel I like the course to be a surprise so I can explore and be distracted during the run.
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Michelle Homan says
I definitely use these tips more for tris, but I always visualize myself on a run course too.