Thousands of triathletes, media, vendors, college students, volunteers, fans and families will descend upon the Wildflower Festival.

The biggest festival in the sport of triathlon is nearly upon us! Thousands of triathletes, media, vendors, college students, volunteers, fans and families will descend upon the Wildflower Triathlon Festival at Lake San Antonio, in the hills, vineyards and plains of Monterey County, Calif. The event is known as much as for its fun with three different races, as it is for its dauntingly challenging courses.

If you’re planning on experiencing this great event there are certain pitfalls and mistakes every competing athlete should avoid and prevent from sabotaging their performance. With so much going on in preparation for the camping and racing experience, it’s easy to make a mistake which can cause stress and affect your performance. Below are 10 mistakes to avoid this year for Wildflower, so you can maximize all the training you’ve done.

If you’re doing the long course race on Saturday, pay attention not to make these mistakes:

If you’re racing the Olympic on Sunday, your big pitfalls to avoid are:

Keep this in mind as you prepare for this great weekend of racing, and you’ll be sure to have both fun and a great performance. Best of luck!

You can follow Jim Vance at his coaching blog, CoachVance.blogspot.com.

PHOTOS: Thomas, Jackson Win 2012 Wildflower

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