It’s that time of the year. Triathlon Season has been well underway and what better way to start the summer by tri-ing the Pittsford Triathlon. Pittsford will be holding it’s 7th annual Sprint Triathlon. The event will be held on Sunday, 6/5 at Thornell Farm Park, 480 Mendon Road, at 7AM.
The course consists of a 300-yard swim in the Pittsford Mendon High School Pool, a 15-mile bike and a 3.3-mile run. This will be my second Sprint Triathlon but my first time competing in Pittsford. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Pittsford community and the race course apparently is full of ups and downs. Should be exciting!
A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Brian Moorman’s PUNT Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of children in Western New York who face life-threatening illnesses and to provide children affected by cancer and their families with opportunities and support.
Here are the Top five Things i learned from the Pittsford Sprint Triathlon Event
1. Check your gear before you pack it
I’ve heard many stories of people forgetting to try their race gear before competitions. Try everything out. From the accel gel you put in your mouth to the new inserts in your running shoes, make sure these items have been tested before race day. In addition, be sure to treat your equipment with respect during training and preparation. Come race day you will be at its mercy.
2. Make use of freebies at the beginning of the race
Often times event holders will bring in local bike shops to help out with tune ups and ancillary issues at the beginning of a race. If you’re a beginner, be sure to make use of these resources or you might end up walking up a steep hill because that tip you found on Wikipedia on road race tire pressure turned out to be completely and utterly wrong. These individuals can also be a valuable resource for tips, strategies and equipment. Make a habit of asking questions pre and post competition. Just remember when you’re starting out new you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
3. Get there early enough to check out the race course
Make sure you know the race course. If you accidently miss an ill place sign telling you to go right at the corner forcing you to go 10 miles off course you only have yourself to blame. Take the extra 15 minutes to study the course before hand. I promise it will pay dividends. It also gives you a great opportunity to form a strategy during the race. For instance, knowing at what point you will meet a particularly challenging obstacle sets you ahead of the racer who has no idea of the steep grade coming his way after his 100 yard sprint shenanigan.
4. Make friends, gain training partners and helpful tips.
Best way to train is in a group and what better way to meet your next training partner then by attending the triathlon he or she competes in. I had an opportunity to meet some wonderful people at the Pittsford event. We shared training ideas, tips and even some gear. Events like these are a great way to get to know people who share similar interests. So when it’s 6am on a Tuesday morning and you are in dire need of some hill sprint training why go alone give your sprint triathlon buddy a call.
5.Pittsford has the best post – Triathlon meal ever
It’s called a garbage plate and you can find it at Hungry’s grill on 10 State Street Pittsford, NY. Normally I would recommend a post – workout meal with a good source of carbohydrate with some protein and minimal to no fat. This balance of nutrients will allow for greater muscle refueling and building and it reduces cortisol, a hormone that breaks down muscle. My favorite post recovery meal is two scoops of Gatorade recovery powder mixed in with a 20 oz bottle of a Gatorade. You end up with more than enough carbohydrates to refuel appropriately and just enough protein to help facilitate glycogen replenishment and aid muscle repair. However if you are in Pittsford NY and you have just completed a demanding competition like the Pittsford Sprint Triathlon you must stop at Hungry’s grill. There is no denying the mental recovery that can come from a garbage plate at Hungry’s.