The penultimate week is really the final week of training before any competition, you should have done the hard work now, so take it easy over the next week, maybe a couple light jogs around the block and the odd trip to the pool, but nothing too strenuous – you need to build up your strength for Sunday the 13th.
Don’t leave anything to the last minute, planning is key, so let’s go through the day in chronological order to make sure you can visualise it – (we will use wave 3 as an example)
Your start time is 12, so briefing is at 11:30, we recommend you arrive no later than 11 am
10:50 : Arrival – make sure you have your medical certificate, and ID, you will receive in return your race number and race card plus a few goodies
11 : Changing – go downstairs to changing rooms, put on your tri-suit or swimming costume, and leave your warm ‘after’ clothes in a locker.
11:15 : Go out to the pool to see where the previous wave is at, and get your bearings – See pool layout below
11:30 : go down to the ‘briefing corner’ to listen to race rules and important info.
11:40 : Dash to the toilet for ‘last-minute nerves’ then return and set-up Wattbike to the height perfect for you
11:50 : Give Race Card, shoes, towel and water bottle to your helper, put on goggles and swim cap
11:55 : Jump in at the deep end, splash around a little
12 : Swim, Bike, Run……..
12:30 : its all over, there will be refreshments to help you recuperate, and a screen to see if you have qualified for the final !!
12:45 : Finally recovered, back to the changing rooms for a welcome shower and warm clothes
13 : laugh at the next wave about to put themselves through it, feel glad that you didn’t qualify for the final
…and if you feel like watching the Pros
15 : Cheer on the best of the best in the final waves, to see who will get crowned