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Preparing for Your Triathlon

You think you’re ready for your triathlon – you’ve trained hard on the trails, in the pool, and on your bike. Your swim cap is ready, your bike is tuned, and your training is going well. How do you make sure you’re ready for the actual day?

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Image Credit: Better Triathlete

Check Out The Course Ahead of Time

One of the best ways to prepare for a triathlon is to simply visit the race site ahead of time. Get the lay of the land, and know where hills, flats, and aid stations are.

If you know the location, you’ll be able to figure out how to deal with flow and where to stake out your transition area. A dry run may help you determine where weaknesses are. Know where the start is located.

Organize Your Gear and Transition Area

Make a checklist. Consider putting your equipment for different parts of the race in different bags. One bag should include food, hydration, and layered clothing. Make sure all your gear is set up in the transition areas in most efficient way. For example, open the straps on your cycling shoes, and roll your socks down to the toes so they’re easier to put on wet legs. Set up a balloon or colorful bandanna to mark your spot. Label your gear.

Don’t Forget Your Extras

You may not have much room for your equipment, and you want to just bring the necessities. However, don’t skimp: bring extra goggles or an extra cap, just in case. Have a small first-aid kit available. Bring lip balm, duct tape, a Sharpie, and extra lube. Also, make sure you’ve got a broad-spectrum sunscreen on hand. The right kind, with staying power and water resistance qualities, can help you save time as you move between activities. Remember to put sunscreen on at least five minutes before your body marking, or the ink may degrade. SolRx’s SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology won’t sweat off, will help keep you hydrated and can enhance your endurance.

Start Fueling Up The Day Before

Ideally, you’ve been eating a balanced diet for several days and paying attention to what you’re putting in your body. In the 24 hours before your race, reduce your portion sizes and up the lean protein portion – fish, chicken, beans, beef, turkey, and tempeh. Eat a light pasta meal, and avoid sweets and sugary drinks. Finish your pre-race dinner 10 hours before your pre-race breakfast, and eat three hours before the race starts.

Keep it Simple triathlon

There’s a lot of gear, so many steps, and a lot to remember during a triathlon. What do you do next? Where do you put those little things that you need? Just remember that you only need to swim, bike, and run to finish the race. It’s as simple as that. These events are often about balance. Trust your own pace in each activity, go by how you feel, and enjoy the ride. Staying relaxed and calm will help, no matter what the problem.

Triathlons are one of the fastest-growing participation sports in America for a reason. They’re a great way to push your limits and have fun along the way. But they can be intense, and there’s a bit of a learning curve, especially if you’re self-learning without a triathlon coach. Proper preparation can make the process easier and less panic-inducing, so make sure you’re ready, both mentally and physically.

Sunscreen for Lips: 5 Reasons Why You Need to Wear It!

Don’t skip the lips, Wear Lip Sunscreen!

Sunscreen for LipsA recent study found that more than 60 percent of sunscreen users don’t protect their lips with a lip sunscreen or lip balm with SPF, but there are many reasons you should wear sunscreen for lips! Here are just a few of the key benefits of sunscreen for lips:

1. Skin Cancer

The media loves to scare you with dire warnings about your health, but in this case, it’s for real. The lips area is ripe for skin cancer, including two of the most common ones – basal and squamous cell carcinoma. If you protect your lips with a lip sunscreen with SPF, you can protect from cancer.

2. Sunburn

The thinner, more delicate skin on your lips is very susceptible to damage caused by UV rays. You know how painful a bad sunburn can be, so do yourself a favor and avoid it!

3. Hydration

Wind, sun, and sea can cause unsightly effects on your lips, such as dryness and chapping. Using lip balm with sunscreen helps keep your lips hydrated and kissable.

4. Healing Benefits

Often, there are additional side-benefits to using sunscreen for lips. The formula includes sunscreen and can help repair redness, cracks, and other issues. It’ll seal in moisture and protect from dry and cold air, as well as sun damage.

5. Other Lip Stuff Won’t Do

Maybe you think a dab of lip-gloss will tie your outfit together wonderfully. It might look good, but it doesn’t add any protection from harmful UV rays. In fact, dermatologists believe the shine of lip-gloss actually focuses UV rays on your lips. So don’t do that anymore. Or at least layer a protective lip sunscreen beneath your favorite shade.

Sunscreen for lips often comes in the form of lip balms with SPF, which is great because it means we get moisturizing benefits along with the sun protection. In fact, we get all kinds of benefits, other than the most important – protection from skin cancer – so break out that lip sunscreen. And use it.