I totally agree with all the advice you've already received. The mini training tri is the perfect way to test out all your equipment (including yourself), in a shortened, non competitive format. You will be able to find out what you need and don't need, how it feels to come out of the water and get stuff on for the bike, what it feels like to bike soaking wet, and what the run feels like after the other 2 events. You'll also learn how to get your stuff set up in transition, and how to find your stuff each time you come back into transition. And the distances are short, so it will just be a multisport training day for you. It will be great practice for you, so you can be calm and feel in control when you do your 1st triathlon. Be sure to post after the training tri so you can let everyone know what you learned. Good luck in your tri.
This is a great opportunity and great training! Think of it as a brick workout. swim, T1, bike, T2, run. You will learn what works for you and what you need to improve upon. At 2 weeks out, your training is close to done for your race. But what a great trail run.
Don't worry about speed, concentrate on efficiency and transitions.
Then go ROCK your RACE!
"Commitment to the body machine. It was as critical as the commitment to the goal itself. " -- Richard Christian Matheson, "Third Wind"
I'm with GLADGAD on this. Go DO it. But do it easy, relax through all three legs.
This is a great way to work on other aspects of racing. Making a race plan. Sticking to said plan. Pre-race breakfast. What time to get there. Transition setup. And transitions themselves. I'd do those at race pace, get in and out as quickly as possible.
Set some non-race goals and see how you do. That way you'll know what to change come raceday!
In God we trust, all others bring data. - W. Edwards Demings
If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise. -P.Z. Pearce
Do the training tri. It's 2 weeks before your main tri, which is plenty of time to recover, and it's not necessary to speed through it.
Use the training tri to get a feel for what you will do on race day. Pay special attention to how you have things set up in transition and how you move through your transitions. Make mental notes about how you would change things or leave them the same for race day. Figure out where to start for the swim and how you may or may not wind up in a group of people. Put yourself in the position of passing and being passed on the bike. Get used to the feeling of going from bike to run in a racing situation.
Even if you have practiced this, and even if you have raced before, you always learn something from the practice tri.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
My sprint tri in on Aug 23rd. A local university is doing a super mini tri for those who want to try one and those in training to test our levels. However, this mini-tri is 2 weeks before mine, is it too close?
Mini-triathlon on Aug 9th: 400 yard POOL swim, 8 mile bike, 1.8 mile run
Sprint-triathlon on Aug 23rd: 1000yd lake swim, 17.5 miles HILLY bike, 3.4 miles HILLY run
Edited by: TDSLOVEY at: 6/30/2009 (13:34)
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