We are 4 days away from taking in some of the breathtaking views that the sea-to-sky highway has to offer.
The bike component is the longest part of the race, the chaos of the swim is over and now we are out on the bike course. Although there are athletes all around us, we are now spaced apart to remain on side with the drafting rules, allowing us to regain our personal space and settle into the bike.
Below are some ideas that can assist us as we embark on this lengthy ride.
- Know the bike course; know where the elevation gains are and where the long flats start and end. This can assist with bike pacing, maintaining focus and eliminate surprises.
- Set yourself up for success, use the bike as a platform to create conditions for a good last 10km of the run. If your goal is to have the best bike split possible, you run the risk of negatively impacting your run. On the positive side if you take it a bit too easy on the ride, you have 42.2km to make it up.
- Manage your effort on the hills don’t burn all your matches on them.
- Know your nutrition and have an idea of approximately how many calories per hour you require. The bike is the easy place to fuel so make the best of it, once you are in a deficit it’s hard to come back. Don’t change up your nutrition on race day, use what you know and have practiced with.
- Hydration, don’t forget to drink and use electrolytes.
- Stay relaxed, you can focus on this by wiggling your toes and fingers. Also consider moving your hand placement periodically and stand too every now and then.
- Make sure your bike bags are packed and have everything you need to repair that dreaded flat if it comes along. Practicing this does help.
The weather still seems to be holding at 27C with a bit of cloud cover.
Safe travels to Whistler.