Read other TriBlogs
Sprint Season

Sprint World Championship

TriCadenceby TriCadenceOct 7th 2010
Sprint World Championship
Budapest World Championship was held in September 2010, in Budapest, Hungary.

After a year of training, $6,000 spent and 20,000km traveled across the world, I ran through that finish line with the happiest smile on my face. My results were nothing spectacular, but to start with, my goal was to qualify, so I was just happy to be part of the whole experience. :-)

Here are some lessons learned on this trip:
- Give yourself minimum 3 days to recover and rehydrate after the long overseas flight before doing any race. Competing in an aquathon 8 hours after traveling from New Zealand to Europe is not a good idea (body cramps a lot, it's fatigued, and sense of balance is gone)
- Don't expect to be able to warm up in the water before the race (we weren't allowed, and the Danube was 17C. Brrr!)
- Don't get stressed out if your bike bag gets lost. They are going to find it (probably night before bike racking, like it happened to a certain NZ lady!). And if they don't, hire a bike, or borrow one. There are always people with big hearts who will help you out (Thanks, Cherie, for the kind offer!).
- Don't draft! I was sitting for few minutes exactly 10 meters behind the tight bunch of 3 guys, all of us doing the same pace. Race official drove by on his little motorbike, yelled their numbers through megaphone and showed yellow cards to 2 of the guys drafting. Yes, life is just! If I'm in pain, guys, you should be in pain, too!
- Don't expect any racing distances to be exact. Our run was a tad longer, and bike slightly shorter.
- Learn in advance how to pack and unpack the bike for the overseas trip. It's not as hard as it looks. Bring extra skewers with you, they can get broken in the transfer.
- Bring the track pump with you, it's not heavy, otherwise you will have to look for one just before the race (Thank you for your help, very handsome Hungarian guy!)
- CO2 cartridges are usually available at sponsors' tents, along with repair service and basic bike equipment
- Take your racing uniform and any other irreplaceable things in your plain luggage
- Pat yourself on the back after passing the finish line, regardless of whether you are pleased with your results or not. World Champs are a big thing and you worked damn hard for it! I know I did.

My next goal? Beijing 2011

Enjoy your tris,
Tanya
Recovery Drinks
TriCadenceby TriCadence Jun 18th 2010
I started seriously training for triathlons in November 2009, doubling my training hours from 6 to 12 hours a week. The increase in training volume and intensity was gradual, but still didn't go too smoothly. I went through few episodes of over-train...
Patience
TriCadenceby TriCadence Apr 23rd 2010
As someone who had a sport background in handball, table-tennis and gymnastics, transition to triathlon was a tough one. Not just that I didn't have good aerobic base for this sport, but I also did not have technique or knowledge in any of the 3 disc...
Qualified for World Champs
TriCadenceby TriCadence Feb 7th 2010
I celebrated my 40th birthday in a memorable way: with a triathlon race in Kinloch, New Zealand, which was also a qualifying race for Age Group World Champs. There were few events in Kinlock that day. The previous one, the Erin Baker awards, had ...
Lessons learned after today's triathlon
TriCadenceby TriCadence Jan 25th 2010
Another sprint triathlon finished. 1h 23m. Cloudy weather, 20C, with the moderate wind of 20km/h (that's moderate for Wellington, New Zealand. We don't even pay attention to wind here unless it breaks umbrellas in halves). Overall, I had a good sw...
Running off-road vs on-road - what a difference !
TriCadenceby TriCadence Jan 8th 2010
Today was my first off-road endurance session, only 60 minutes via Onepoto trails in Porirua. I've done heaps of running on the road and grass, but running on the trail felt so different. My core was working the whole time, it felt like I was for...
The first bike
TriCadenceby TriCadence Jan 2nd 2010
When I finished my first duathlon in April 2008 I knew I was hooked on multi-sport events. Despite screaming leg muscles, burning lungs and dizziness from the race, I was hooked. So, I went and bought the first bike. Nothing fancy. Quite the contrary...
Carbon beauty
TriCadenceby TriCadence Jan 2nd 2010
This is the carbon beauty from the "My first bike" post. It does 20km per banana, has a very sexy look (hopefully some of it will rub off on me!) and it's more expensive than my car which must be a sign I am bloody serious about these triathlons....
 
Blogging Service, © TriBlogs Join TriBlogs to post comments and/or create your own blog, all for free! Read other Triathlon Blogs