First, let me preface this by saying that I am by no means an expert at triathlons or triathlon-racing. With a measly ONE Olympic-distance triathlon under my belt, I am still very much a novice. But, there was SO much that I learned in just that one triathlon that I wish I could have been prepared for or done differently on race day and I hope that my insight, however basic it may be, may help someone else.
Some of these may seem like common sense to you, but my mind was on a million things in the weeks leading up to this race (plus it is not my target triathlon this season), so I didn’t fully prepare the way I should have.
Please (!!) if you are a seasoned triathlete, weigh in here and add your two cents – especially if I say something that you feel is inaccurate.
Wetsuit: I’ve practiced taking my wetsuit off twice. Each time was fairly easy so I had the mentality of “How hard could this be on race day?”. Well, I was wrong. I hadn’t practiced it when the wetsuit was wet. Nor when my arms were slightly fatigued. Nor when I was out of breath from running from the water to T1. Recommendation: Wear your wetsuit in the shower, do some jumping jacks and take it off. It will get you used to how it will feel on race day. Also, use some sort of lubricant on your wrists/ankles so it is easier to slide off (Amanda, an Ironman, recommends Pam cooking spray)