Triathlon tips from Sarah Thomas

Last year’s female Standard Distance winner Sarah Thomas has shared some of her best Triathlon Tips with us. Find out what her preferred pre-race dinner is, how she celebrates after the race and pick up some great tips for your next triathlon!

Watch the video below or scroll down to read the interview.

 

What’s your name?
Sarah Thomas
What race are you doing and which age group are you racing in?
I’m racing the Standard Distance, and I’m in the 35-39 age group.
What do you like about the Yungaburra Triathlon?
It’s an honest and challenging course in such a beautiful location.
How do you prepare/train for this years race?
This year my triathlon training is starting properly around now, about 2 months out from the race, after a fairly lengthy break from racing since October last year. Training involves some kind of swim, bike or run activity most days of the week, balanced with good nutrition to aid recovery from the training sessions.
What pre race dinner will you be having the night before?
My pre race dinner is usually pizza, because it is a good source of carbohydrates that will give me plenty of energy for the race.
Do you have any pre race superstitions?
I don’t have any superstitions as such, but I do always like to stay overnight close to the race, as I don’t like travelling long distances on race  morning.
What is your nutrition plan like during the race?
I always sip on Bindi electrolyte throughout the morning before the race, and throughout the ride. I have a couple of Vindurance energy gels during the ride too. I always carry a couple of Crampfix sachets on the bike and run legs incase I need them, and take one as a preventative before starting the run.
How will you be celebrating after the race?
After the race I like to celebrate by having lunch out with friends, who know that I also enjoy a few ciders or red wines that afternoon.
Do you have any tips for (first time) competitors?
My advice would be to familiarise yourself with the course prior to the race, and once you have racked your bike in transition to do a run through in your head of your swim to bike, and bike to run transitions.
Thanks so much for sharing Sarah and we’re looking forward to seeing you on race day!