We don’t write guides for every triathlon. We tried to do that when we started BeyondTransition but the simple truth is a lot of the smaller and shorter races don’t need a triathlon race guide. They’re also generall not people’s A races for the season.
We write triathlon guides for the biggest and best triathlons in the world.
If you’ve heard of a big triathlon, or seen it advertised with a full page spread in your triathlon magazine then we’ll either have written a guide to it; or have it on the to do list.
So what is a Triathlon Race Guide?
It gives you the information you need to improve your triathlon performance with your body and your fitness as it is now. If you do not know exactly what you’ll be facing your performance won’t reach the limits that your body and mind allow for.
We make sure that you know what you are getting into and exactly how to cope with it.
For each triathlon we cover what the swim, bike and run course are like. We look at the temperature, the elevation, the profile and how many turns you have to make. We have something like 200 variables that we research for the biggest races. That is given to you as an in depth description, turn by turn, of the course and how to race it. We don’t just give you our words either – we tell you what other people have thought about the triathlonand provide a whole range of photos and videos to give you a great idea of the course.
Our aim here is to make you feel as if you’ve just sat down with the race director and a 3 time winner of the race and had every single question that you could think of answered in depth [Ed. We cover racing, not race organisation and logistics - for that the organizer is the man to visit; and is what most race organizer's sites are perfectly designed to do. Get you to pay, Get you there, Get you started. ]
The next part of the triathlon race guide is all about analysis. We have undertaken extensive analysis of every set of triathlon results that we’ve written a triathlon guide for.
Numbers tell the truth about the course
Many triathletes do some race analysis before or after a race to see how well they did and what the competition is like. Unless you are an excel wizz this can be a painful process or leave you not knowing much more than when you started. Well we do have some excel wizards on the team and they’ve put together a vast range of statistical and analytically information about the race. It covers particular age groups, the previous year and the years for which we have results. It doesn’t cover individual results – but we can do those for you if you want. Use the contact form to ask about our customised service
The first two parts of the race guide have told you what to expect and what the competition is like. Next we tell you what to do.
Or rather we give you a race plan. A race plan sets out how you are going to prepare for the race in the days coming up to it. Travel, taper and logistics. The on race day it gives a suggested timetable pre-race and then Bang its into the race.
Fail to plan, plan to fail #true
One of the big mistakes that triathletes make is in not having a race plan – or describing it as “going fast and hard for as long as I can”. The second is letting emotion, fatigue or worry persuade them to abandon a perfectly good plan that will deliver results by the finish line.
We break the race up into sections and guide you through the process of deciding how fast you should be taking each. We suggest ways that help you memorize this and keep your focus on race day. This delivers superior performance with what you have now.
This is what we mean when we say that when you race smarter, you race faster