I'm still somewhat of a novice, but can give you a few points:
* Set your clock. Then set another clock that is on another power supply. Of the few races I've done, my poorest performances and mental outlooks were a result of not giving myself enough time pre-race.
* Make a packing list the night before. Check it 3x. Include an extra pair of goggles if you have them.
* Your start time is at the back end of the race which is positive because you won't have a hard time finding your bike. Therefore, transition should be easy. Don't get overzealous mounting the bike unless you've actually practiced. On that note, if you haven't practiced transitions, start now. It's a process that should occur without thinking:
1. Glasses - In your helmet w/ the arms open so you can slide them right on.
2. Helmet (strap it on and don't take it off til you re-rack your bike)
3. Bike (assuming your shoes are already attached to the bike and you've practiced pedaling on top of the shoes and sliding them on while moving). If you haven't practiced slipping your shoes on, carry them to the bike mount line and put them on there. Unless, of course, you are using running shoes...in which case, put em on.
4. RUN with your bike.
1. Rack bike by the seat.
2. Take off Helmet (save yourself from having a photo taken of you running out of transition in a bike helmet)
5. Run! carrying your hat if you need one. You can put it on while running.
* On the bike, it looks like the road is open which surprised me a bit considering this is a 400+ person race. I guess all I can say is stay as far to the right as possible and check 3x before turning around at the 1/2 point.
* Run...2 miles isn't far. You can do anything for two miles. Finish with nothing in the tank.
* Eat way more in snacks than you actually burn in the race. That's my strategy.
* Regarding what you should wear, if you do not have a one or two piece suit, I would advise it. 1/2 totally depends on who you speak with. I prefer a 1 piece as my love handles are less likely to work their way out. The downside, it really makes the pre and post race bathroom trips a pain. I'm sure there is some additional info that the ladies can provide that is more...lady specific.
* Chat it up with people in transition. This is my ~8th multi-sport race and this weekend's is the first my wife/kids will attend. I'm a bit of a loner on race day and it makes for a VERY long wait til race time. Even if you know the answer to the question, ask a question to someone racked next to you. If nothing else, you will be able to share some camaraderie with that person after the race.
* Definitely don't sweat your time or placing. That might sound contradictory to what I said above, but it will be a fun education and all you can do is what you can do.
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