* Have some patience
Delays can happen due to weather, safety or simply things over running slightly. Try to stay calm as getting worked up isn’t going to help. Use the time to relax and focus on the task at hand. If it’s a significant delay get some layers on and go back to warming up, it will only improve your condition relative to the rest of the field when things do get moving and they’ve all been sat around getting cold.
In endurance events wild cards happen more often than you might think. In my time organising events I’ve had to escort blind people through run courses and stop a race due to a swan going ballistic and attacking the swimmers. In the event of an event stop, pause or diversion please give the events team a minute to make sure everyone is safe and compose themselves before you start bombarding them with questions.
* Swim/Bike/Run with friends or in a group
Remember the main aim of Castle to Coast is participation and completion of the challenge. Make sure to stick with friends or make new ones along the way, why not wait and regroup at transitions. Help others on the day if they are struggling and make it a memberable experience for all.
* Take your time on the swim
We’ve got an open start with the Castle to Coast swim which means you can plan to start with the first group at 8am or enter after they have gone and when you’re ready.
* Don’t rush your transitions
Remember the Castle to Coast is NOT a race, there is no prize for the first to make it to the finish onto Brighton seafront. Make sure you’ve got everything you need before you leave, get hydrated after the swim and the bike, put on some comfortable clothes and go for a wee if you need to!
* Take in your surroundings
Soak in the incredible views throughout the route as you head towards Brighton. Shortly into the ride you will pass through the historic Eton and continue through picturesque scenery in the Surrey Hills. After transition you’ll be rewarded by the spectacular views of the South Downs as you reach the top of Ditchling Beacon.
* Avoid tunnel vision
When you’re working hard it’s easy to settle into challenge ahead and focus purely on the task at hand. This isn’t great when you start to ignore course signs, the highway code and marshals’ instructions. On more than one occasion I’ve had athletes complain about course marking only to walk them back to a barrage of signs, cones and tape which they will swear wasn’t there earlier!
* Pace the day
It’s a long day out with some tough climbing on the run, so pace yourself and think about how you’re going to take on the hills. The Fullsteam marshals will do their best to cheer you on of course.
Make sure your support team know where they are going and the best places to see you well in advance. They will be able to check your progress online as you pass through feed stops and transitions so you should be able to time their appearances to cheer you on. We will put out a spectator guide ahead of the main event.
* TT responsibly
We’ve got a reasonable use policy when it comes to TT bars. Please avoid using around junctions or groups, but when you’re riding solo out on a bit of clear straight road feel free to get down and go!
If you want to continue taking part in Fullsteam triathlons, then don’t drop litter on the course! Hedges are for birds not gel wrappers and if you drop a bottle go back and pick it up.
* Stay positive
All athletes have bad days and you may not have achieved quite what you want to but getting negative about it won’t help. Try to write down three positives from any event or training session in your log and one thing to work on for next time. It’s important for your sanity to have more positives behind you then negatives.