Spring is on the horizon which means race season is just around the corner! As you grind out the final weeks of winter it is time to do a little housekeeping to ensure your race gear and equipment are in good working order. Here are six practical things you can do prior to your first race:
- Bike – Whether you have been logging endless hours on the indoor trainer or miles on the road in winter conditions your bike needs some TLC. Clean your entire frame and drivetrain by wiping away the sweat, sticky electrolyte drink residue and road grime that has accumulated. Take your bike into your local bike shop and have a basic tune-up done to ensure the cables, housing, derailleurs and chain are in good working order.
- Tires – Check your race tires and make sure they are clean from any small cuts and gashes. Also check to make sure the tread is not too worn.
- Wetsuit – For most triathletes, the wetsuit has been hanging in the closet or garage for many months. Take it out and give it a rinse with cold water or a good soak in the bathtub prior to first use. It’s not uncommon for the neoprene to shrink ever so slightly after extended periods of non-use. Check it for any small cuts that may need repairing.
- Running shoes – If you have a race-only pair of running shoes, make sure they are still in good shape and not in need of being replaced. Depending on the style and model of shoe they can last between 200-500 miles. That is a rather big range so if you are uncertain about the current state or longevity of your runners inquire with your local running store.
- Race kit – If you plan on racing in last year’s race kit or your lucky 10-year-old kit, make sure it is still wearable and functional. Give it a look over for any tears or holes. If you purchased a new D3 kit make sure it fits and use it at least once and wash it prior to race day. The last surprise you want on race morning is to find that your stylish new D3 race kit does not fit properly.
- Transition bag – Clean out your transition bag and throw away any found treasures – expired gels, chews, chomps, race packets, used tissues, etc. Stash a spare set of goggles in one of the pockets in case your preferred pair break or you forget them on race morning.
Coach Brad Seng is a USAT Level II Certified Coach and if you’re looking to reach new heights in your training and racing, he can help you get there with a consistent, progressive training regime built specifically around your goals and objectives. Brad incorporates the psychological aspects of this sport – alongside appropriate swim, bike and run workouts. With that combination firmly in place you’ll find yourself capable of some pretty amazing things!