Top Triathlon Tips

frontru1Runner's Tips

Whether you are preparing for Chattanooga’s Waterfront Triathlon or even the Ironman in September, make sure you have the right gear to have your best race yet. At Front Runner we go beyond running shoe fittings by offering swim gear and running accessories too.
Check out a few of these products and enjoy 10% off when you show proof of any future triathlon registration!

1. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE.

While it is important to hydrate as far as a week out from your race, we also suggest having a race day hydration plan. Nathan offers a variety of hydration gear focusing on comfort and performance, designed specifically for runners. Avoid relying on the next water stop to stay hydrated and instead consider the convenience that carrying your own would bring.
Handhelds:
10oz QuickShot Plus $20
12oz SpeedShot Plus $25
12oz ExoShot $35
Belts:
10oz Swift Plus $30
20oz Trail Mix Plus $65
24oz Switchblade $50

2. STAY LEAK FREE. STAY FOG FREE.

The last thing you want is river water sloshing around in your goggles. Get fitted at Front Runner for the perfect Speedo goggle. Consider using a mirrored goggle to block the sun. Speedo also makes a defogging solution that retails for $15.

3. OUCH! AVOID CHAFING & BLISTERS.

We have seen our fair share of chafing and blisters to know it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to protecting your skin. Body Glide is protective balm applied directly to the skin and is known as the leader in anti chafing and blister protection.

Body Glide is sweat resistant and mess free, unlike products like petroleum jelly.

4. AVOID BONKING.

Bonk: (of a cyclist or runner) reach a point of exhaustion that makes one unable to go further. Trust us, bonking isn’t fun. Although aid stations may offer nutrition, we suggest stocking up on the nutrition you have trained with (including sticking to the same flavors, brands, caffeine content, etc.).

At Front Runner we offer a variety of Gu gel and chews, HUMA (an all natural solution to gel), and NUUN electrolyte replenish tablets.

5. STAY COOL.

While you may not be able to control mother nature, we do have a solution for phsychologically feeling cool. Goodr sunglasses were designed for the runner who wants gear that looks as cool as it is functional.

These slip free, bounce free, polarized sunglasses come in a variety of colors and retail for just $25! Although our stock is low, reserve your favorite color now and be one of the first to receive a pair when we receive our next shipment.

6. RECOVER RIGHT.

While celebrating and rest may feel like your first order of business post race, don’t forget the power of a proper recovery. Stretching and compression should be done as soon as possible after crossing the finish line to minimize muscle tightness and soreness.

We recommend trying a high quality foam roller and Sockwell compression socks for recovery. Trigger Point offers a variety of foam rollers depending on desired firmness and preferred stretching routine. Sockwell socks are a graduated compression sock that retail for $25/pair. Plus they are made right here in Chattanooga!