A training countdown to the Noosa Triathlon

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Eek! The Noosa Triathlon is five weeks away. If you’re anything like me, you may have mixed emotions in the lead up to the big day. I’m excited that my training is about to pay off but also scared about the bike – my weakness.

With Australia’s largest triathlon event, the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival just around the corner, here’s a few helpful hints to help you get prepared for the big day:

5 weeks to go: Best be on your bike

Time to get serious. This week will be your biggest training week yet, consisting of longer sessions to build endurance. Become best friends with your bike and mix things up by getting out and about with training buddies to ride picturesque bike trails around the coastline and hinterland.

For city slickers, fall in love with the river city on a 35-kilometre ride around Brisbane on the River Loop. Or, go west and ascend Mt Coot-tha for a challenging but rewarding ride with a killer view that will set you up to conquer the big hill in the Noosa course. On the Sunshine Coast, there’s a 90-kilometre coastal pathway ideal for cycling and running that stretches from Pelican Waters in the south to Tewantin in the north. Gold Coast cyclists can use Currumbin and Tallebudgera Valley to train on the undulating hills, which are as close as you can get to the terrain at Noosa.

4 weeks to go: Paddling out

Swimming in open water is different to a leisurely paddle in a 50-metre pool. You don’t have a ledge to hold onto or a wall to push off, and that’s before you add the combination of water currents, swell and hundreds of swimmers into the mix. Dive into the Maroochy River or Currumbin Creek to familiarise yourself with conditions similar to Noosa’s canal swim.

3 weeks to go: Transition training

Your time in transition is valuable so get some practice in before the big day. Beginners will experience ‘jelly legs’ between the bike and run transition, so this week focus on ‘running off the bike’.  A brick session, where you jump off the bike and straight into a 1-2 kilometre run is an important conditioning technique to ensure your body is acquainted with the numb sensation. Check out this blog post for spectacular running track ideas.

2 weeks to go: Prep and pamper

Spa pampering

As you start to ease off your intensive training and condition your body with short and sharp sessions, use this week to prepare your equipment. Check over your bike to ensure there are no mechanical issues and get a service if needed. Most importantly, your body also needs to be maintained through a well-balanced diet, plenty of water and some pampering. Yep, you heard right, time to spoil yourself with a massage. You’ve earned it!

1 week to go: Carb loading

This is by far the best week of the countdown! It’s taper time and carb-loading week. In the kitchen, pump up your carbohydrate intake to give your body the right energy for race day. If you’re already on the Sunshine Coast or have arrived early, get your carbohydrate fix with a juicy burger from The Burger Bar in Noosaville or settle into Miss Moneypenny’s on Hastings Street for a bowl of truffled macaroni and cheese or a prosciutto pizza. There’s plenty of delicious food options on the sunshine coast!

What’s your best triathlon training tip?