1. Warm up for all disciplines at the start
It’s easy to be focused on the start of the triathlon and thinking only about the swim that you forget to stretch your muscles that will be used the rest of the day. This is where Nicola recommended warming up your whole body (especially the legs) before you hit the water as realistically, the swim the shortest part of the race.
2. Double swimming cap
Once in the water you want to be distraction free. One of the biggest things that can go wrong is water seeping into your googles, blurring your vision of what’s ahead and of the competition around you. To combat this, Nicola recommends two swimming caps: the first goes on, then googles over the top behind the cap, then the second cap locking the googles firmly in place.
3. Set up the bike up right
Despite being one of the world’s most famous cyclists for over 20 years, Nicola was quick to remind Fabian how different tri-riding is to other types of cycling. Here, it’s all about optimizing the triathlon transitions to get on the bike and getting going as fast as possible. To do so, she said to make sure of two main things: firstly, that the helmet is on the bike or right next to it for you to quickly grab and go. Secondly, that the pedals (with the shoes on them already) are arranged in the right way for your first step in to count towards moving the bike forward.