In the last two weeks since my triathlon, I’ve had time to reflect on my experience and what I learned from it. Here are a few “when you know better, you do better” tips I picked up:
What went not so great: I cut it pretty close to transition being closed.
What I’ll do next time: Give myself way more time than I think I need and pay attention to road closures!
What went not so great: My arms were tired before the swim even started.
What I’ll do next time: If it’s a mid-lake start, train a little for treading.
What went not so great: My tank top and socks were inside out when I got to transition!
What I’ll do next time: Take time BEFORE the race to make sure everything is right-side out.
What went not so great: I took too much time fixing my hair at each transition (yes, I know, I’m a total girl).
What I’ll do next time: Braids.
What went not so great: Once on my bike, I noticed my wheel lock had popped open.
What I’ll do next time: If it was left overnight, check the bike when I get there in the morning (with all the extra time I give myself!) and again before leaving T1.
What went not so great: I was thirsty!
What I’ll do next time: Have water at transition and get a bottle holder on my bike.
What went not so great: I have no clue how to work my bike gears.
What I’ll do next time: Figure them out and spend more time training on my bike than on a spin bike.
What went not so great: I took walk breaks (and I’m pretty disappointed in that since it was just a 5K).
What I’ll do next time: Pace myself better and most importantly (for ALL legs), prepare myself mentally for race day just as much as physically.
A lot of the other stuff I learned during the race just needed to be experienced so I can know what to expect next time
I think that’s about the last of what I have to say about my first triathlon experience, but I am so excited for my next opportunity to improve my time and/or tackle a longer distance!