I’m calling this one: Other Stuff I Learned During the NYC Triathlon. These are quick nuggets / take aways from the training / preparation for my first tri. Off we go…
1) as far as nutrition goes, make sure you treat an Olympic distance triathlon as of you were preparing for a full marathon. Carbs are your friend. The night before a triathlon, it is not a good idea to show your loyalty as a die-hard New Yorker by chowing on 3 with onions from Gray’s Papaya.
2) it’s a really good idea to actually try to get some sleep the night before a tri. It’s NOT a good idea to decide to watch the extended version of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King the night before.
3) Wine: I was about to say that a couple of glasses the night before a tri is not a good idea. I just cannot get up the testicular fortitude to say it with any conviction at all.
4) Pick small goals on the course. Push hard to that goal / target. As you close in on it, pick the next target in the distance and do it all over again. Break it tri up into manageable pieces and attack the course.