9 Things to Avoid During Your First Triathlon

You've optimized your diet, trained your heart out and gathered all the necessary gear. All that's separating you from your first finisher's medal is a swim, a bike ride and a run.

Everyone's first triathlon is always a whirlwind of both rookie mistakes and personal triumphs. While unforeseen problems will inevitably arise on race day, it's important to prepare yourself ahead of time to prevent unnecessary mishaps.

From not fueling correctly to using an unsustainable pace, keep these nine avoidable things in mind to execute your first triathlon as smoothly as possible.

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