Resources on the Sport of Triathlon
Triathlon Equipment: Shorts, Clothing, Wetsuits, Bicycles
The special needs of triathlon competitions - three-stage races including swimming, cycling, and running in the same event - have led to the development of a whole range of specialized clothing and equipment, and this Wikipedia page discusses various equipment needed for the swimming, bicycling, and running aspects of the race. A section on triathlon bicycles and aero bars are also included. For running, elastic shoelaces are also included. These laces allows them to pre-set the tension of the laces but then to pull on the shoes without stopping to tie the laces. This saves a few seconds of time during the bike-to-run transition.
Triathlon Tricks and Tips
This page on Hulaman.com offers assorted training tips and tricks to ensure your training and racing run smoothing. This information is provided in a FAQs-type format. Here's just a sampling: how to keep goggles from fogging; how to fix a flat; newsgroups devoted to triathlons; how to get a faster transition; what's a brick; a race day checklist; how to lose weight; heart rate training advice; what is periodization?; improving mental fortitude; finding a partner; how long to taper; the best way to train in winter; check pulse every morning; weight yourself naked every morning; learn to tune your bike; what supplements are good for triathletes, and signs of overtraining.
Inside Triathlon Magazine
Inside Triathlon is a magazine that features all aspects of the triathlon lifestyle, including: triathlon wetsuits, injuries and conditions, planning your race season, updated news and press releases about triathlon happenings, and more. Products and triathlon gear reviews are included. A coaching center provides endurance and energy advice, while a links section includes more resources for triathletes. Race coverage is updated with triathlon race happenings.
The Psychological Side of Triathlon Training
This is an article written by a well-known triathlete and triathlon coach. In it, he states that everyone knows that training for a triathlon requires considerable practice in the disciplines of swimming, cycling and running, but many beginner triathletes neglect the equally important aspect of preparing themselves mentally. He recommends trying to control "what if thinking" during, and prior to, the race. One of the best ways to control fear and anxiety is to practice mental imagery. Successful athletes use this technique to prepare themselves for the expected and unexpected things that might happen in a triathlon.
Triathlon Race Preparation
Although this guide is basic, it is filled with useful information. It suggest making a checklist of things you need for the race. This usually includes: wetsuit, goggles, helmet, bike shoes, bike, spare tire, water bottles, socks, race numbers, towels, energy bars and sunscreen. It suggest planning race transitions mentally, checking your bike and packing up your triathlon gear. It's important to hydrate before the race, but not deplete sodium stores. Race day is not the time to experiment, according to this guide.
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