5 Things NOT to do at a triathlon
1. Underestimate the importance of a good night’s rest
I help a friend at his restaurant one or two days a week. Friday night before the race, he was extremely short staffed. I was the waiter for the entire restaurant while training a girl on her first day as a waitress. To make matters worse, there was a high volume of customers. Needless to say, I did not get a good night’s rest the day before the race. I did not get to sleep until about 2 am, and I felt like I had already ran a triathlon.
2. Pack for the morning of the race
Organizational skills are not my best asset. I packed a lot of my gear the morning of the race. 30 minutes before the start of the race, I realized that I had forgotten my goggles! I was very lucky that a good friend happened to have a spare pair.
Thanks again, Laura!
3. Plan for perfect conditions
During the swim, I felt good, I did not panic, and my form was excellent. However, I was one of the last to get out of the water. This was particularly frustrating because I had been working hard to improve my stroke all year. My placement in the swim was worse than last year’s! When I got to my bicycle, I had a flat tire!
4. Give up when discouraged
Not only did I forget to pack my goggles, I also forgot to bring my bicycle pump. I carry a small pump on my bike, but It does not get enough pressure for a 25 mile race! I almost went home , when a spectator offered me the use of his pump. I changed my tire, and followed the course…doomed to the shame of last place.
5. Bring a highly competitive spirit
While finishing the race, I thought about why I was racing in the first place. I’m not an elite athlete, I pretty much do it for fun…and my health. I was so worried about my rank, that I didn’t allow myself to have a good time. Once I realized my mistake, the race became very enjoyable. Maysville is a beautiful city, and it’s a great course!