The first goal of any race is to finish. The first step in training for a race is to believe you can finish, followed by practice. To finish a triathlon you need to spend some time swimming, biking, running and practice the swim-bike and bike-run transitions. You’ll need a good checklist of what to do before the race and what to bring to the race. That’s it. Don’t overthink it. Have fun.
Here are some suggestions:
- Make a training plan and log your work outs. This will keep you accountable and give you confidence.
- Train with family and/or friends. This will keep you accountable and be more fun.
- Practice transition. Getting your shoes on with wet feet, reviewing the details such as getting your goggles off and helmet on and walking your bike through transition are all important.
- Do mini-triathlons in practice and make it fun. 5 minute swim, 5 minute bike, 5 minute run. Or, just 5 minute bike and 5 minute run. Triathletes call doing multiple sports in practice a “brick”. Do some bricks.
- Work on finding your “race pace”, the pace you can swim, ride and run the entire distance. Knowing your pace will keep you from “going out too fast” and “blowing up”, which is no fun. Start strong, race strong and finish strong.
- Remember, safety first. Always wear a helmet. Wear running shoes. Stay hydrated.
- Make a race day checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.
- Eat well, drink a lot of water and get good sleep, especially the days leading up to the event.
- Did I say, Have Fun? Yes, have fun.
- The distance you will race is based on your age as of 12/31/2018. This means, if your birthday is between August 11 and December 31, your race age will be one year older than you are at the time of the race. This determines your age group and your distance (6-10 year old distance or 11-15 year old distance). See below.
We highly recommend the Triathlon Training Camp held the 2 weeks before the race. You must go to the Conway Regional Fitness Center to register. Classes are limited to the first 25 who sign up for each, so register early before classes fill up. Click on the image to the left for complete information.
Reminder—Course Distances for the Conway Kids Triathlon: Age is based on your age on 12/31/2018
Age 6-10: 50 yd. swim (2 lengths of the pool) | 2 mile bike | 1/2 mile run
Age 11-15: 100 yd. swim (4 lengths of the pool) | 4 mile bike | 1 mile run