Making The Leap To Off-Road Triathlon

  • By Kim McDonald
  • Published Jan 24, 2013
  • Updated Dec 30, 2014 at 9:04 AM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen/Xterra

Focus more on the trail, less on the competition

Paterson warned me that as a road triathlete it would be difficult not to tense up and that I’d likely get frustrated because I hadn’t ridden a mountain bike in a while. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” she said. She also told me to “keep focused on the trail and not your competitors. Accidents happen when overtaking, being overtaken and reaching for nutrition.” And because passing isn’t easy on many parts of the course and there would be plenty of people riding faster, Paterson advised me to be aware of the competitors behind me and to let them pass. I took the suggestion to heart, getting off the trail at three spots before steep down hills to let quicker people pass. As the Scottish world champion put it, “It’s not worth getting your knickers in a twist and holding people up!”

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