A training countdown to the Noosa Triathlon
Eek! The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is almost here. 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.
To help you (and me) prepare for the big race, here’s a few helpful training tips and event highlights to look forward to.
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
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!
Let the festivities begin
Noosa will morph into athlete headquarters for the five-day festival leading up to the Noosa Tri. With daily events for both juniors and adults, you’ll be surrounded by a sea of lycra, coloured running shoes and happy healthy people.
Whether you’re a serious competitor or a novelty participant, you’ll feel inspired to push yourself that little more to achieve your personal best.
And instead of late nights, it’s early mornings at this festival with early risers taking to the beach and walking paths to train. If you’re looking for a little fun, support the participants of the Breakfast Fun Run and check out the wacky costumes.
The big day
This is it! Everything you’ve been training, sweating and preparing for is here. Are you ready?
Get a good night sleep because it’s an early start with the event info centre opening at 4:30am and the race officially kicking off at 6:15am.
The Noosa Triathlon is now the largest triathlon event in the world and 2017 marks its 35th anniversary. It includes a one-and-a-half-kilometer swim, a 40km bike course and a 10km run. And, Noosa is the perfect destination with a tantalizing shoreline and a UNESCO-accredited biosphere to explore.
After you’ve conquered the course, give yourself a high-five and stick around to celebrate at the Festival Village Sunday Sesh, complete with live music. The festival wraps up with a firework showcase which is the perfect opportunity to reflect on your achievement.