I’m really quite short sighted. I can’t see to tie my shoelaces and I don’t get on with contact lenses. Doing any water sports can be a bit of a challenge. Back in the day when I first started triathlon, I’d never heard of prescription goggles, and I never came across anyone with the same vision problem that I had or they were wearing contact lenses. Triathlon and open water swimming was only just beginning as a mass participation sport so they were probably not something you got on the high street.
So you’ve finally decided you have the courage to do an Ironman and now you need to choose a race. If it’s your first or your 10th long distance race then it’s well worth spending a bit of time choosing the right race for you. Ironman races are all very different with varying levels of difficulty which can be the difference between finishing with a smile and a DNF. Here are some things to help you choose.
A few weeks back we had a bit of a heatwave here in the UK. One day I went out the house and my car read the outside temperature as 41! Here are some tips for training in the heat.
Doing a tumble turn at the end of each length looks and feels cool! It’s not really a necessary skill for triathletes and open water swimmers who usually race in open water without even a wall to push off. And with 3 sports to train for taking time to learn how to tumble turn probably isn’t high up the priority list.
I chatted to professional BMX and mountain bike racer Nathan Parsons on the podcast a few weeks ago. I asked him what triathletes could learn from BMX riding and for his top training tips for triathletes. He said “commit”. Commit to the race, commit to the ride!