Insider’s guide to racing Mooloolaba
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.
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