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Biggest Mistakes When Racing In Heat

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Jun 1, 2012
  • Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 3:48 PM UTC
The Queen K at the Ironman World Championship. Photo: John Segesta


Mistake #2: Sticking to your typical warmup.

One of the worst things you can do is warmup too much before a race with high expected temperatures. “The warm temperatures will heat the muscles naturally and in a race as long as a 70.3 or Ironman, you have plenty of time to gradually bring up the pace,” Austin says. Stick to the plan of going out easy and finishing strong, and use pre-race time to keep your core temperature down—Austin suggests wrapping ice around your primary muscles.

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a five-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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