The last week of any training program includes a "taper," where you work less on endurance and more on just maintaining your fitness level. It's like the calm before the storm of your race- winding down the mileage, and keeping everything at a relaxed, comfortable pace.
With triathlons, I also take this last week to finish up any odd and ends related to the race. For example, I took my bike in to Bay Area Schwinn for a tune up and tire liners. I'm not super saavy with road bikes yet, and tire liners help prevent some of the smaller flats that normally occur with tires/tubes. I knew if I had a flat during the tri, I'd be DONE.
|My road bike post tune-up and with my race number|
(Notice my dog Buckley in his spot on the couch) :)
|My tri outfit|
The night before the race, I packed my transition bag, which carries all my necessities for the race. Everything in the picture below ended up in my backpack for the race. I think it's a good idea to go through this process no matter how many triathlons I do, since some races require different items. And at this most recent triathlon, the announcer noted that four people forgot helmets, and one person even forgot their bike wheel!
|The night before run through transition set up.|
|My race day transition set up.|
So that's what it takes for me to get to race day. I was a bundle of nerves and totally stressed about the swim, but I was ready to go for my first Olympic tri!