For access to all of our training, gear, and race coverage, plus exclusive training plans, FinisherPix photos, event discounts, and GPS apps, sign up for Outside+.
Lauren Brandon has been first out of the water at Kona and at nearly every race she’s competed in. Plus, she’s gone on to win wire-to-wire. So she knows a thing or two about what it takes to nail the first leg of a triathlon.
Here she shares some suggestions on how to tackle the 2.4-mile swim leg of the Hawaii From Home challenge—though these tips can be applied to a regular race too:
- How to pace appropriately—start strong and settle into a comfortable sustainable effort, and then pick it up at the end
- Focus on technique in the middle, specifically whatever little technique issues you struggle with
- Don’t spread it out too much—try to get this Hawaii From Home swim done in one to three sessions