If you're training for your first triathlon, I hope you're having fun mixing up your cardio while training. It's fun to bike one day and swim hard the next. Unfortunately when actually at the race, you have to do all the events back-to-back, and they all require different gear. The transitions can be nerve-wracking. That is why I like to think of tries as three-act plays with two quick costume changes. Just like life in the theater, or on the set of Deseperate Housewives, you need to rehearse those transitions. Going through the peeling off of a wetsuit to slipping socks onto wet feet is important for a couple of reasons: One, practicing will decrease the anxiety-inducing unknowns — being more familiar with the struggles of tying your shoes while sucking down some sports goo will help you stay calm. Two, while practice doesn't make perfect, these mini-rehearsals will help you solve many problems ahead of time, ensuring that you don't forget important equipment prior to the race.
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