Check your equipment
If you haven’t got the essential gear yet, you’ll want to do something about that quick smart. Particularly with required accessories for the bike (helmet, shoes, puncture repair kit etc) and running shoes. There’s a bit of time to get a wetsuit before the open water season starts.
Drag your wetsuit out from storage. You probably haven’t worn it for a while, so it’s a good idea to check out the condition it’s in. Are there any nicks or cuts from the last time you wore it? If so, get these repaired before they get worse. If it doesn’t fit then have a look around for a good deal on a new one as often this time of year there are some great sales on last season’s suits.
While you are at it have a look at your Open Water googles, are they in good condition? Are the lenses still nice and clear to look through?
The winter months can be hard on our bikes. This is a good time of year to get your bike overhauled, while training is at a lower level, so being without it for a few days won’t derail your training
Have a look at your running shoes. You are about to step up your training volume and intensity a bit, so you want to make sure they are suitable and capable of taking on the extra load. If you aren’t sure then take them along to your local Technical Running Shoe Store and the sales staff will be able to advise on their condition, and what a suitable replacement may be if needed.
Muster your crew
The race may be an individual sport, but the training needn’t be. There’s nothing better than having a cool group of mates around you all training for the same event. Find people who are in your city or neighbourhood so it’s easy for you to align your training and get together for workouts. Don’t seek out the local pro and try to train with them as you will be suffering every workout. Instead look for people of a similar ability to you.
Your local Triathlon club may host training sessions where a Coach will be there to guide the session, and this is a great opportunity to learn from others. There are numerous Facebook Groups for athletes to join, and that way you can find people to train with.
Preparation is the key to having a great experience on race day. Take the time now to get things sorted and you will give yourself your best chance on race day. Good Luck!