4.03.2008

Triathlon Tips

Today I attended the Thompson's triathlon clinic. I was a bit late but it was great to sit and hear about all the experiences they have had through their careers. When I went to my first clinic a few years ago I was just there listening to the stories I really couldn't relate too. I would watch people laugh when the speakers would bring up funny(sometimes stupid) moments during the race. Now that I have competed in quite a few races myself it is no me who gets to laugh and realize that it is not a matter of if you are going to make these mistakes, it is only a matter of when. In hind sight you get to laugh but at the time they were happening, it is really not funny.

Probably my most memorable experience, it was not a good one, was when I decided I would put on my bike jersey after the swim. Now I can't image what was going through my head to make that decision but at the time it seemed right. So when I get out of the water I run up to transition and spend the next, 12 minutes, maybe not that long but it sure felt like it, trying to get my jersey on. I ended up getting on the bike with it half on and had to finish as I was riding down the road. Dry clothing and a wet body really don’t work well together especially if you are in a hurry.

I am not sure if this experience will help anyone in their races but it was the last time I did that and my transitions have been getting smoother ever since. I would like to thank the Thompson's for taking the time out of their busy lives to share a few of their experiences. I like to think that any information is good information if it comes into play at least once. So after hearing them talk about all the little mistakes that they have made and makes me feel a little better knowing that I have made them all too.

2 comments:

Chris said...

Was that Medical Lake with the jersey, Keith?

Tiffany said...

Ha ha ha! I love the visual of you racing down the road on your bike trying to get your shirt on!

At Valley Girl last year, I put my helmet on backwards! Thank goodness Kevin Best was behind me and told me! I would have looked like such an idiot!