Weathering A Tough Race

  • By Rich Strauss
  • Published Dec 14, 2012
  • Updated Nov 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM UTC
Photo: Delly Carr/

Torrential rains and chilly temperatures have made many races the stuff of triathlon legend. Take, for instance, this year’s Ironman 70.3 Boise. Matty Reed rode the shortened 15-mile bike course entirely in his wetsuit due to 40-degree temps and rain. His decision paid off—Reed tied for first in an exciting sprint-to-the-line finish.

Here are tips for surviving and thriving in the weatherman’s worst.

The Mind

First, don’t over-think the situation. The longer the race, the more people complicate things by adding moving parts to an already complex plan (you don’t need toe warmers in T1, a thermos of chicken soup in T2 and earmuffs in your special needs bag). Keep it simple and be mentally prepared for changing conditions.

Second, it has been scientifically proven that the fastest way around a bike course is to not crash, so racing safely should be your No. 1 priority. Be patient, focus on the process, adjust your time goals and prepare yourself to capitalize on the mistakes of your competition. Finally, take pride in joining the ranks of triathletes who have risen to the challenge!

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