Race Day Prep: Many veteran age groupers have already learned from the experiences of forgotten cycling shoes. Take a look around next time you are in the transition area. Try to spot the cleanest, tidiest and most organized area; then look who it belongs to. I venture to bet that it belongs to an older, or at least more experienced, triathlete. The less frantic you are before a race, the less energy you waste and the faster you’ll go when the gun goes off.
Racing: Once the race starts, age doesn’t matter. What is consistent across all age groups is the desire to reach the finish line as quickly as possible. Perhaps the only difference we see among age groupers as they age is an improved ability to listen to their bodies.