Hello Whistler Racers.
Only 2 days left to start this race that we have dedicated so much time and effort to. As the excitement and race nerves start to build we still need to maintain focus and make sure our race plans are in order.
Below are a few tips for the run portion of the race.
- Know your pace and stick to it. You may feel like you are ready to take off after the bike, but you still have a 42.2km run ahead of you, take your time in getting started and find that pace you set for yourself.
- Be sensible on the ride, this big plays a large role in your run success. Control your effort on the ride to set yourself up for a successful run.
- Be proactive and know the course. Have an idea of the areas that will challenge you and your mental focus to get through them. Know the placement of the aid stations and if you will rely on their fueling or if you will carry your own.
- Although the scenery will be beautiful on the run it can get lonely out there, prepare yourself for it mentally. Consider what mantra you will use to help your navigate these downs. The volunteers at the aid stations will be encouraging, use there kind words as a boost but don’t forget to thank them
- Don’t forget your race bib, it is mandatory that your wear it on the run.
- How are you going to deal with rollers and hills. walk them? run slow? whatever your choice is be careful. straining up a hill is a good way to injury your Achilles. As you get more tired your gait and form are going to suffer.
Not to go back in time to the swim but I did hear a few concerns today.
- Bilateral breathing is important but if it is rough you might be able to breath out of one side only and this is ok too.
- Sight high, if the water is rough the buoys might be hard to spot
- If the water is rough and you are having troubles settling your stroke, focus on your breathing. Bubble bubble breath sounds silly but works.
- Remember the swim is always changing. If the churn is bad, it won’t be in a few strokes the pack will spread out. Choppy water may be different when you switch direction. The glare may be in your eyes until you turn. The swim is forever changing.
It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the race expo and all those around you. Remember you came here with a game plan for yourself, stick to it and be confident this race is for you.
Weather is still looking awesome for race day. Low 20s and sunny. Sunscreen is going to be important. Winds will be light hopefully. As I was walking around today I did notice it gets a bit chilly in the shade around sunset. You might want to consider this with on the run. Maybe bring a light long sleeve.