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The Tinman Triathlon here in Hawaii usually takes place on the third sunday of July every year. This year is the exception. The race was rescheduled to July 31st, due to box jellyfish. The jellyfish appear the ninth day after the full moon, which happens to fall on sunday, July 24th.

The Tinman race course consists of a 750 meter swim in open ocean, a 40 kilometer bike ride ( about 24 + miles), and finally a 10 kilometer run (about 6 miles).

When training for the Tinman Triathlon, especially if it's your first time, training properly is very important. If you don't train properly you'll may end up getting hurt. It's a good idea to train with others in a triathlon clinic. It's worth the cost. These clinics begin a few months before the race. You are taught proper techniques in swimming, biking, and running.

Transitions are a key part of triathlons. You must learn how to transition from the swim to the bike phase of the race, and then bike to the run phase. You will be dealing with different sensations.

In the water you're surrounded by other swimmers. You must know how to swim in crowds. It's very different. Someone may kick you in the face and knock your goggles off. You must have proper swimming technique to know how to pass slower swimmers, or have faster swimmers safely pass you. You must know how to swim in the open ocean and handle wave action.

When you exit the water you probably feel dizzy from the water in your ears. Take a moment to regain your balance before jumping on your bike. Have a pan of water next to your bike so you can rinse off the sand from your feet. This will make it easier to put on your bike shoes. Keep in mind there will be hundreds of other bikes on the bike racks. This can make it very difficult to find your bike in that sea of bikes. Put a really colorful towel over the frame of your bike before the start of the race. This will help you find your bike quicker.

Once on the bike, remember to keep yourself hydrated. There are no aid stations on the bike phase of the race. Keep at least two bottles on your bike, one for the outward leg of your ride, and another one for the return portion of your ride. Carry the proper tools and at least two tire patches You might have to fix a flat, or two.

Once finished with the bike portion, keep in mind the proper way to transition from biking to running. On a bike, you're peddling and gliding along. On the run, you will be pounding the pavement, jolting your body more. Here again, it's a drastic transition, a totally different sensation. You must give yourself a moment before getting off your bike to prepare yourself for the run.

Also keep in mind that there are two hills on this race course. One on the bike portion called "Heartbreak Hill", and one on the run portion called "Misery Hill". Your training must include hill training in order for you to complete these two portions of the race. There are proper was to bike and run up and down a hill. Your clinic will teach you the proper techniques

Proper training and preparations will help you to have a safe and memorable triathlon.


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