With the triathlon season just around the corner, we have a look at the 2016 racing calendar and how you might go about choosing your races.
The explosion in popularity of triathlon in recent years has opened up the choices available for athletes. We have included a hyperlink to the Triathlon Ireland race and British Triathlon race calendars. Other races are also held outside the governing body’s control, so it is often worth checking with your local clubs if they are planning any other races. You can also have a look at some other event calendars prepared by people such as 220 Triathlon for UK races, or Ironman and Challenge Family for their own races throughout the world.
With literally hundreds of races available to choose from, it is important to concentrate on what your goals are for the year ahead. To help choose which races are suitable for you, ask yourself the following questions:
What are my goals for the year? - complete my first race, move up from sprint to standard or half iron distance, complete my first iron distance, etc….
How many races do I want to do? Try and plan races so that you can recover properly between them, especially if you are going long!
What is my “A” race? Plan your events/training so that you will be in peak condition for your main race of the year.
How far do I want to travel to a race? Why not make a holiday out of your race. The atmosphere in some of the villages and towns over a race weekend can often be more of an attraction than the race itself!!!
How is my training going? Give yourself around 12 weeks of proper training before your season gets underway, especially if you are new to the sport. This will vary from person to person, depending on your own physical condition and base level fitness.
Other things to consider:
- For beginners or those new to the sport, the thought of swimming in open water is often a daunting prospect, so why not consider a pool event as a practice before your main race. This will give you the experience of swimming in a race environment, with the added security of being able to hold on to the end of the pool for a little breather if you need.
- If you are planning to move up in distance, again it may be worthwhile looking at one or two shorter events in the run up to your main race. A sprint before a standard distance, or a half iron distance before a full iron distance, and build this into your training programme.
- Triathlon may be an individual sport, but it is often a good idea to coordinate with your friends and club members on what their plans are for the year, so that you can make the occasion more of a sociable experience, as well as, raise the personal competition stakes!!!
Whatever your race plans this year, ENJOY it………