Monday, March 27, 2006

Learn to change a flat

For the beginners starting to bike, I'd like to stress the importance of learning how to change a flat before doing a race. I'm not going to tell you how to change a flat here but I will give you an example of why you need to learn. Even if a race has sag support you still want to learn because you never know how many other problems, accidents, traffic issues are going to keep support from reaching you on the course. My brother recently did his first sprint tri and got a flat 3 miles into the race. Unfortunately for him he hadn't learned to change a flat before hand and didn't have the right gear (tube, tire lever, pump). The sag support never came by, but fortunately a volunteer came by to pick him up. Needless to say he didn't finish the race. Don't let this happen to you, grab a friend and learn how to change a flat, it should take less than 20mins.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Picking up training again

I recently had about a week of downtime due to work and weather, not good excuses but either way I haven't been working out. I just did a short 2 mile run in the moring to ease back into things. It's always a good idea to ease back into your workouts. Many people have a tendancy to go gunho right off the bat from a long period of inactivity. This is a dangerous thing to do because your body is more prone to injury after a long hiatus. So be safe when starting up again. I hope to see you at triathlon race soon.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Be an ambassador for Triathlons

I didn't realize how important it was to support local races until the Newport Beach triathlon was recently cancelled. Fortunately a drive has been started to help bring it back. The triathlon community must stand together because although our sport is growing, it is still relatively small. If we just stand by without being an advocate or without supporting the growth, more races will disappear. When races disappear so will the athletes, the beautiful locales, the gear, and the fun. Let's not let this happen, share the joy. Remember that not all triathletes are hardcore. Some do it recreationly or for fitness. We need to welcome all people, of all types, for all reasons. In the end it benefits us all.

Here's a fun article on being a gracious Triathlon Ambassador.