Pre-race – race day nerves
There are situations that will pop up in a race that no one will be able to anticipate, the simple issues you should practice, so they are second nature when you come across them. For those unusual situations follow some simple guidelines
Swim – loosing your goggles in a swim
Googles can get knocked off in a swim, minimise the possibility by wearing two swim hats, put your own hat on first then your goggles followed by the swim hat supplied by the event organiser. By wearing your goggles under a hat you are very unlikely to loose the goggles completely.
If however you do – take your time, spend a few seconds and look for the goggles, if you don’t find them quickly move on. If you are uncomfortable with swimming without goggles, perhaps close your eyes or one eye when your face is underwater, opening them to site and breath.
Stay calm and make your short-term focus – “getting through the swim”. There is plenty of the race left to still do well.
Bike - Mechanical problems during the bike leg
Again its primarily about preparation, punctures or dropped or even broken chains are very stressful, so make sure you follow some simple guidelines
Bike / Run – dropped drink or get
You have convinced yourself that on the longer rides / runs that dropped fuel, be it a drink or a gel is now going to ruin your race. If you have a strategy in place it will be less of a problem