Gameplan: How to overcome triathlon raceday roadblocks
You’ve trained 13 weeks to get to the starting line. The last thing you want to happen is to have something happen on the course. Here are the two most common race-day injuries during a triathlon and how you can deal with them:
1. Cramps. The sudden seizing of the muscles is caused by lack of warm-up, improper nutrition, going too fast and lack of conditioning. So make sure you have a good pre race meal, have a gel every hour you’re racing, and keep yourself hydrated. When you start each leg, start more slowly than what you trained for. Once you feel warmed up or comfortable, slowly build to your race pace.
But if you do get cramps on raceday, slow down, stretch, and have a sports drink or gel. Once the muscle relaxes, start really slowly. Walk, don’t jog.
2. Blisters. You can avoid blisters by wearing synthetic socks or slathering on petroleum jelly on potential problem points. If you do get a blister, put something in between your skin and whatever is rubbing against it. So if its in your foot, put a get wrapper or bandaid between your foot and the sock or shoe.
The best prevention is always preparation. Following a periodized training program, train with all the gear you’ll use on race, and practicing nutrition in training will help make race-day more enjoyable and injury-free. – Rappler.com