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Introducing a new Weekly Feature – Tri Training Tips from USAT Coaches

July 24, 2008, 3:56 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon has launched Tri Training Tips – a new weekly web feature by certified coaches to help USAT members take their training to the next level. A new training tip will be posted every Thursday, so check this page weekly for great advice from USAT's top coaches.

July 23, 2008

What Can the ‘Mere Mortal’ Learn from the 2008 Olympic Trials?
By Amelia Kirkland, USAT Level II Coach

Lesson No. 1
Be prepared for all weather conditions. Even if you’re native to the area in which you’re racing, or have been watching the weather forecast hourly for weeks, Mother Nature may throw you a curve ball.

Tuscaloosa, Ala., was chosen for the Olympic trials because its weather conditions were predicted to be most like Beijing’s – hot and humid. However, April 19th dawned sunny and cool. Not bad weather in which to race, but not Olympic-simulation weather either.

The take-home message for your athletes is this: No matter what the normal weather is; no matter what the forecast predicts, be prepared for anything. Hot, cold, rain, wind. Pack a wetsuit, even if the water temp the week before was 82. Pack arm warmers, rain gear, sunscreen, or anything else you might need. I know what you’re thinking, 'I won’t waste time putting on extra stuff if the weather’s bad.' That’s fine. But be sure to prepare mentally for all the curveballs that Mother Nature could throw.

Check back next week for Lesson No. 2!