• Make sure you get in some open water swims. Pool swimming and dam swimming are completely different. Confidence plays a big part in being open water swim confident. The only way to overcome anxiety and fear is to get into the water and swim. Don’t do it alone – preferably with a group of friends or an organised open water swim event. Race day’s swim will then be a mere formality.

 

  • Get some hill training done on the bike. The course is fairly undulating so make sure you have some additional fitness to tackle the climbs.

 

  • Ensure your bike is working well and the gears are changing smoothly. On this bike course, you will be changing gears a number of times so ensure the bike is operating properly. New tyres are prone to less punctures. Get those nuts and bolts tightened up with a pre-race bike check service. Nothing worse than putting in the training and the equipment lets you down

 

  • Some of the run is part trail so choose your shoes for race day wisely. More than likely, your every day running shoes will suffice as it will not be a technical run but mostly on sand roads. A few off-road training runs are advised to get used to the grip changes on the different surfaces. Sometimes adopting a lightly different running style also helps for the off-road sections, but don't try this out for the first time on race day. 

 

  • It’s very hot that time of year so prepare yourselves for a tough “dry” race – nutritional intake at these races is the key to a successful race. No matter how well tuned the engine is, without the fuel it goes nowhere. Get in some pre-race day training using the fluids and energy foods that you will most likely use on race day. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect