I wanted to share with you a few triathlon hacks I learned this year that helped me on my first triathlon. At 39, I tried something new. I competed in my first triathlon ever. In fact, I didn’t even know how to really swim until I took lessons in September of 2015 to get me ready for this year’s triathlon season. I participated in an 8 week Triathlon Clinic and I learned a lot. Now I have a Try-A-Tri and a Triathlon sprint under my belt. I’m far from being an expert but I want to share with you a few hacks I’ve learned along the way…
Triathlon Hack #1 Lick Your Goggles
To prevent foggy glasses, lick your goggles lenses on the inside. The saliva won’t form fog. Sounds weird, but it works. I tried this hack for my Iron Girl Triathlon and it worked like a charm. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. This trick will also work for indoor pool workouts.
Triathlon Hack #2 Use Baby Powder
Wetsuits are so hard to get on. The first time I put one on, it must have taken me about 15 minutes. If you sprinkle baby powder liberally down the legs and arms of your wetsuit, it will be easier to slide on.
Triathlon Hack #3 Gear Down Your Bike
Have you ever gotten to the “bike on” line and you are teetering on your bike, trying to get going? If you gear down your bike to the easiest gear before your rack it, you won’t be teetering when you first mount your bike. Also, when you rack it, have it point to the bike exit. That way, if you get a bit disoriented during transition, it will point you in the right direction.
Triathlon Hack #4 Pee In Your Wetsuit
Yes, it’s another weird one, but apparently everyone does this. No need for long wait lines at the Port-a-Potty. With race day nerves, your most likely to have to go several times before the race anyway. Just go “warm-up” early and beat the line. 🙂 Makes you think twice about that wetsuit you rented eh???
Triathlon Hack #5 Roll you socks
If you are wearing sock for your bike/run, separate them at the transition zone. Place one sock in each shoe. If they are longer sox, such as compression socks, roll down the edges. It will shave some seconds in your transition since you will only have to roll them on quickly.
Triathlon Hack #6 Wear Lock Laces
I saw way to many people sitting down tying shoes during Iron Girl. I bought some Lock Laces from at the local triathlon shop. They are elastic laces with locks on the end. They make putting on your running shoes a breeze, you simply slip in your shoes and don’t have to worry about pulling laces tight, make bows and double knots. Shaves minutes off your transition.
Whether you are new to triathlons, or you’ve been on the scene for a while, I’m sure these 6 triathlon hacks will help you out. If you try these and like them, let me know in a comment below. I’d like to hear from you. Also, pin it to Pinterest to save it for later or share it on Facebook to help me out.