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  • Writer's pictureMartin Spierings

Things To Do Two Weeks Before Your 70.3 or Ironman

There's some organizational things you can't leave until the last days of your 70.3 or Ironman triathlon. Learn from the mistakes that have already been made for you.

Set Your Bike Up Like Race Day

There are many, many options on how to attach your race nutrition, hydration and repair gear to your bike that are beyond the scope of this blog except to say that too many people leave this until the final days to execute. Every triathlon without fail I hear a story, both from beginners and more experienced folk, of nutrition or bike repair stuff flying off the bike in the first few miles of the bike. This seems an entirely preventable occurrence. Set up your bike EXACTLY how you plan to on race day and ride with it, at race pace, over some variable terrain. Does it all stay attached? Yes, good. No, fix it.

Change Worn Stuff Out Now...Or Don't

It's good to go into the race with new, or next to new parts on your bike. But don't wait until the final days. You could very well pinch a tube putting on a new tire putting in on or mal adjust or tighten a new cleat. Allow yourself a few rides on any new parts to make sure it's right. Otherwise, just roll with the old stuff.

Wear Your Race Kit

You might feel a bit silly riding and running in your triathlon race suit but you should get used to it in the last weeks running up to the event. Find out if/where you chaff and become familiar with putting nutrition in and out of the pockets if you plan to carry stuff in there

Dial in Your Running Shoe Game

Get those Lock Laces in if you plan to wear them. Get used to what tension you need them at in various conditions. If you plan on going sockless, start trialing talc powder and callousing those feet in all the right places. Best to get the blisters now than half way through the half marathon. If you plan on wearing socks, give the exact socks some outings before washing them for the big race.

Do these things now and you can tick off some unknowns before race day. Don't let a silly logistical detail undo months of physical training!

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