How to PR Without Training

If you haven’t checked out my race review post, check that out before reading through this super informative how-to post.

Happy Tuesday folks! Welcome to the worst day of week. But everything is looking up from here so buckle up. I have  fun post today about how to PR without training. I was under a minute away from a personal record at my triathlon over the weekend and want to share how, without training, I was able to do so well.

Here it is –

How to PR Without Training

  • Buy new shoes, don’t training in them, wear them on race day.

I broke the cardinal rule of race day – don’t wear/do anything new. I went to Dick’s to buy Clif Shot Blocks and saw these super-cute Adidas Boost sneakers. I wore them around the house Saturday night and loved them and decided to throw caution to wind and try them out on race day.

adidas boost

I am so glad I did because these sneaks are AWESOME! I have definitely found my new go-to running kicks. I already want to buy them in every color! Ok, rave over. Moving on.

  • Drink a cider and go to bed too late the night before.

Cider is carbs, right?! I usually don’t have any drinks the night before a race but I felt like having one, so I did. Also, I am usually in bed by 10:00 on week nights and only slightly later on weekends. On race eve, I went to bed at 11:30 then watched TV in bed until after midnight.

Downeast Cranberry Blend

  • Show up to the race with two flat bike tires.

Yeah, I did this AGAIN (I did it two years ago too). I did make sure to check in with the bike repair guys before the race started and have them fill up my tires. I think they laughed at me on the inside. I would laugh at someone if they were in my shoes.

And for my last tip…

  • Being at racing weight > Training

Since doing my DietBet at the beginning of the year I have kept the weight off and am about 10 lbs lighter than I was last year during the JCC Tri by the Sea. Being lighter on the bike most likely made me faster. Pedaling up those big hills with less heft on my body lead to a super speedy bike time.


Obviously this isn’t real advice on how to PR and displays my lack of perfection in so many areas of my life but I was serious about the weight loss thing. Since dropping the poundage, I have been running faster and have had more energy overall.

I took two rest days after the race, yesterday and today, and am looking forward to getting back on my bike. I ride far less than I would like to but that’s all going change this summer. Sorry legs…

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