Have you entered Pilmuir Aquathlon ? Here's some hints & tips
April 8, 2016
If the Pilmuir Aquathlon is your first multi-sport race, you have made the right choice!
Measures are taken for you to have a safe race and enjoyable experience:
A clearly marked swim course in a beautiful calm quarry
A swim safety team of lifeguards equipped with boats and kayaks to be of assistance to any swimmer in difficulty
Professional race briefings advising the participants on race rules, logistics and safety
Drink stations on the run course
Refreshments for finishers at the finish line
A medical team consisting of Red Cross ambulance and equipment
The Team Relay option is a fantastic introduction to the sport as it allows you to take on the discipline you feel comfortable with. It can be a lot of fun!
The concept of the Team Relay is simple and consists of a team made up of two people with each person completing one of the disciplines each.
Both team members will receive a goodie bag as well as one medal each.
On race day, the swimmer will need to hand over to his/her teammate in the transition area in the indicated “Team Relay Handover Spot”.
We expect any newbie to have quite a few questions. On this page we try to answer all your questions to prepare you for a great race. If you have any other question that has not been addressed here, please contact us.
1. What shall I wear for the event?
For the swim you will need a wetsuit, racers will wear a Tri Suit under their wetsuit to allow for a quick transition.
2. Where do I put my race number?
Race number with safety pins will be supplied in the race pack (given to you at race kit collection). You have to wear a race number on your front during the run section. (No race number required during the swim. Your race number will be written on your arms before the race.)
a) A race belt is the most convenient means of wearing your race number. A race belt is a piece of elastic with a strap that carries your race number and fits around your waist when you race. The benefits of wearing a race belt are that: You don’t have to pierce your race suit with pins You can put your race belt on quickly after the swim
b) Alternatively you can create your own race belt with shoe laces or elastics (e.g. from old underwear). Or just pin the race numbers on the front of your shirt before the race.
3. Where do I leave my running gear during the swim?
Every aquathlon event has a transition area and so do we. This is the area where you should keep your running shoes, and other required gear for your race. You are advised to leave your bag with items you don’t need during the race at the bag drop, so you don’t clutter the limited room you have for your equipment in the transition area.
4. Is there anywhere to get changed between events?
As mentioned in point 1, if you wear a tri-suit there is no need to get changed, except for maybe your shoes and hat. All the changing between events should take place in the transition area (this is an enclosed area where competitors keep their running shoes etc).
Any additional clothing should be put on over your swim suit. Nudity in the transition area is an offence and will result in automatic disqualification.
5. How should I pace myself?
This is a very difficult question to answer, as different people have varying fitness levels, so pace yourself accordingly. The best strategy is to set off conservatively and gradually build into the race. It is better to realise you have plenty left in the tank as you start the run section, than set off too hard in the swim and then spend the rest of the race struggling to finish.
Next week we will have some more questions and answers that are discipline specific.