In our previous post we looked at how categorising your races can help in planning your race season. Before you can start planning backwards from your target race you need to decide which one to enter. The number of races available to choose from nowadays is huge so it can be hard to decide. Here are a few things to consider before pressing that ‘enter’ button.
1. Commitment level
How much time are you willing and able to invest into training? The longer the event the more hours it requires each week out of your schedule to train.
2. Time of year
Ensure you have enough time before the race to fit in the appropriate amount of training. Those in the UK for example who have an early season race will need to factor in the icy roads throughout winter, and the reduced daylight hours.
How far are you willing to travel? What is the weather like at that time of year? Is there anything else to do in the area? Would you want to stay on after the race for a few days post-race recovery?
What distance do you want to do? Ironman, Ironman 70.3, marathon, sprint triathlon? What is the terrain like? You might choose to enter a race that plays to your strengths. Or, you may want to do one that is more of a challenge and use this as a platform to build on your weaknesses.
How much are you willing to pay? Entry fees, transport, accommodation, food - they all add up.
If you are brining any supporters along it’s important to remember that they should be able to enjoy the day too. Is it a spectator friendly course? Are there restaurants/bars nearby that they can go to while you’re out on the course?
7. Race reputation
What did previous participants think of the event? Do you know anyone that has raced before you could ask about it? Checking online for race reports can help give you an idea of what the event is like.
Consider all of these points and you should end up selecting a great event. Speak to us about personalised training plans to help get you in perfect condition come race day. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how we can help.