Triathlon TipsSodium Needs - By Endorphin Fitness
Electrolyte intake (predominately sodium) has the potential to make or break your ride. As you sweat, you are losing sodium that prevents cramping and keeps you from getting dehydrated. Therefore, it is essential that you find a sports drink (Gatorade, Accelerade) that you like and practice using it in training so you can drink it throughout the ride. If you are a heavy sweater, you may want to consider electrolyte tablets (s-caps preferred) to get additional sodium in your diet. You need between 500-800 mg of sodium per hour while completing the ride so plan accordingly. Consult your physician or a registered dietician to find out what quantity is right for you.
Pacing - Carytown Bicycle Co
By Intelligent coaches who have dedicated their careers to triathlon could debate endlessly what the second biggest mistake athletes make when racing triathlons. The same coaches would all agree that the first is poor pacing. There's a list as long as my arm why racers go out too hard or surge and then ease up, but the solution is the same. Just DON'T do it. An athlete who wants to race to their potential needs to do two things: Number one is have an accurate appraisal of his or her potential on race day, and number two is to pace evenly off that. Both do not require much brains but are WAY easier said than done, for newbies all the way to pros.