Sunday’s New York City Triathlon is a popular race known for its fast swim in the Hudson and supportive crowds on the run course through Central Park. The course poses some unique challenges, and with these tips from New York City-based coaches, you’ll have a leg up on your competition come race day.
You have to leave your bike in transition on Saturday while the sun it still out and it could be quite warm. Jonathan Cane of City Coach Multisport recommends partially deflating your tires. “There’s no sense in risking having your tires explode and not finding out until morning,” he says. “You’re going to have to re-inflate the morning of the race anyway, so why take any chances?” Make sure you get there early on Sunday morning to re-inflate them to proper pressure—depending on your wave, you’ll need to be out of transition by 5-something a.m.
Leave for the swim start an hour before you expect to get in the water, recommends John Stewart of Race Day Coaching. “You’ll have to drop off a clothing bag and get a timing chip as well as walk 20 minutes, so give yourself extra time.” Sit, don’t stand, while you wait and do a race rehearsal in your head.
PHOTOS: 2011 NYC Triathlon