In­sider’s guide to rac­ing Mooloolaba

Multisport Mecca - - Mooloolaba Triathlon - Seano ‘Goofy’ Clancy

PRE-RACE

The best ad­vice is to vi­su­alise your en­tire race, think­ing about what you will need and what you will do in each leg and tran­si­tion.

It’s too late to wish for bet­ter fit­ness (sorry), but we can al­ways use those fi­nal days lead­ing into a race to plan and pre­pare. This will im­prove your ef­fi­ciency on the day as well as set­tle some of those but­ter­flies.

Your Satur­day is about get­ting your­self set up: Drink ex­tra fluid (wa­ter and elec­trolyte) through­out the day, eat some nu­tri­tious food (sav­ing any treats as a re­ward for af­ter the race) and don’t use up too much en­ergy. You only have two of­fi­cial tasks to­day:

Reg­is­ter and col­lect your race pack from check-in lo­cated within the Mantra re­sort, and

Rack your bike with its num­ber sticker at­tached in tran­si­tion lo­cated on Parkyn Parade in the Sea Life (Un­der­wa­ter World) car park.

While in tran­si­tion, I’d rec­om­mend stay­ing for a tour so you learn the ins and outs (en­try and exit) for each leg. This will aid your vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of your race day move­ments.

Your Sun­day morn­ing is to fi­nalise the set-up of your bike, then get­ting on with the show. You will lay out your bike and run ac­ces­sories in a log­i­cal or­der (eg. hel­met and glasses on top, run shoes and race num­ber un­der) then take your swim­ming gear with you.

SWIM

The M-shaped course is sim­ple. You will con­gre­gate on shore about 500m east of the Mooloolaba Surf Club and start with the rest of your age group/cat­e­gory as per the wave start list.

Ne­go­ti­at­ing the break­ing waves doesn’t have to be daunt­ing, nor does swim­ming in gen­eral. If you don’t feel con­fi­dent in the ocean, pay at­ten­tion to these sim­ple tips:

Dive un­der the wa­ter be­fore a

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