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Fitter & Faster Podcast: How to Get Race Ready

With race season right around the corner, we talk about all aspects of getting to the start line feeling fit, fresh, and ready to go.

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Welcome to Triathlete’s training podcast, Fitter & Faster, where we cover one training topic in-depth each month—from the basics to your questions, plus all the gear you need.

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You can also listen to past Fitter & Faster episodes with Dr. Stacy Sims, Jay Dicharry, Dean Karnazes, Matt Dixon, cycling guru Matt Bottrill, sports psychologist Jeff Troesch, and plenty more.

In this month’s episode of Fitter & Faster, former professional athlete turned coach Rebekah Keat joins host Emma-Kate Lidbury to talk about all aspects of getting race ready. Keat now coaches athletes of all abilities—from pros to beginners—at Team Sirius, the coaching company she leads together with her wife Siri Lindley, who coached three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae to her world titles.

With race season right around the corner here in the northern hemisphere, Keat gives us her insights and advice on those all-important weeks leading into race day. We chat through how your training should change from about six weeks out from your key race all the way through to your taper (and Keat gives us one of Carfrae’s key race simulation sessions). We also talk through the psychological preparation needed, including visualization and goal setting. Keat gives us her advice on how best to set up your race week, both from a training standpoint as well as a logistical point of view.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Fitter & Faster without our Gear Up section with our resident gear guru Chris Foster, and in this episode Foster runs us through all the key pieces of equipment that you need to prepare well ahead of race week. We talk wetsuits, goggles, bike maintenance, and more—plus we even manage to work in a Talledega Nights reference.

This show is brought to you by Shimano. Shimano has recently launched its Shimano Road Crew, as highlighted in this show, which is a group of inspiring people working hard to harness the positive power of cycling within their respective communities, which includes BIPOC, indigenous, queer, and body size-inclusive communities.