5. On that same note, triathletes eat…a lot! It is not uncommon for some triathletes to be burning more than 1000 calories per hour while training/racing. If you are putting in 10-20 hours per week, that is a lot of extra food you get to enjoy (definitely a great sport for the foodies out there).
6. Triathlons of any distance are a long day. You will be uncomfortable at times and sometimes, you will just plain hurt. At the end of the race it comes down to how bad you want to achieve your goals. I view an Ironman race as a very long warm up to get to the last 10k. You have to make the right decisions all day long to keep in the mix and be in with a chance. However, whoever is able to run with the most heart for the last 10k will win the tight races – and the day.
7. While triathlon training can be social or solitary, good races are always social. Enjoy it, and take in the celebration as you cross the finish line. Take time to chat with the other competitors after the race. Thank your team and remember the sacrifices that may have been made to get you there. Make sure you thank the volunteers who gave up their time to make sure you had a great experience at the race.
Though it may be a “competition” at the end of the day, you’re all in it together.
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