Sydney based business men and women were ready to swap their suits and desks for swimmers and bikes to compete in the annual St.George BRW Corporate Triathlon, held at Mrs Macquaries Point, Royal Botanic Gardens, on Sunday April 4.
More than 1,500 locals are taking part. Braun sponsored Olympic swim champ, Michael Klim and two-time World Triathlon winner, Emma Carney had these tips.Klims Swim & Shave Tips
Carneys Cycling & Running Tips
- Avoid the mob
Youll be starting the swim with a big group of competitors, so if youre not a strong swimmer, try and avoid getting caught in the middle of the pack. Stay on the edge or hang at the back for the start of the race.
- Focus on your finish point
Sometimes its difficult to navigate in open water swims. Try picking a spot before you start thats aligned with the finish, and focus on that the whole swim so you dont stray off course.
Its best to get into a regular breathing pattern. Try one breath every four strokes. Look up every six breaths to make sure youre staying on course.
- Pace yourself
400m may not seem like a long way on foot, but in the water its a different story. Dont burn yourself out at the beginning. A strong finish is essential and will make all the difference.
- Goggles and fog
Goggles and fog dont mix! Make sure you have goggles that fit correctly and seal tightly to prevent water getting in. Swirl saliva around the inside of the lenses to prevent fogging. If you do have a problem with your goggles during the swim, roll on to your back while you fix them and just keep kicking your legs.
- Shave down
Before every swimming race I give my body the once over with my Braun shaver! Being hair-less gives the impression you mean business, helping to put your competitors on edge.
- Keep track of your bike location
Make sure when you know the rack number where your bike is stored familiarise yourself with the transition layout before the race. Its a good idea to leave a bright beach towel on your bike so its easy to locate and you dont waste time looking for it amongst thousands of others.
- Check your bike
It sounds simple, but its easy to over look. Make sure your wheels are pumped up and your brakes are in good working order. Ensure your bike is set up to match your natural mounting side, so as soon as you approach it, youre ready to hop on and cycle.
- Dont push too big a gear
At the beginning of the bike leg, gear your bike so that youre not free-wheeling, but dont have it too heavy either. You dont want your legs to lock up with lactic acid at the start.
- Run Forest, Run!
Go out at your own speed, not everyone elses. As the last leg of the race, it pays to conserve energy for the finish.
When changing from the swim to your bike kit, try and dry off / get rid of the sand on your feet to prevent any rubbing during the run.
- Squeeze the cup
When you grab a drink at the stations while running, squeeze/crush the cup so that youre only drinking out of a little corner. This helps minimise the amount of air you gulp - its best to get straight to the liquid.