Build ups provide a perfect chance to dip their toes

The Cayman Islands Triathlon is only a couple of months away and for those who missed Sunday’s first build-up race, the next one is not too far off. 

It will be held on Sept. 22 and the last one is scheduled for Oct. 13. The start and finish location is at the Public Beach car park on Seven Mile Beach. 

The build-up events start at 6:45 a.m. with triathletes expected to set up their equipment in transition by 6:30 a.m. and be at the beach five minutes before the start for a safety and course briefing. 

The second event will be half the Olympic distance, so competitors will do a swim of 750 meters, 12-mile cycle and three-mile run. For those intending to do the sprint event, they will do half those distances at this build up.  

These informal training sessions serve as a tool for transition practice and final race day preparations. 

There is minimal support and no official time keeping. There will be no Red Cross for first aid, nor police directing and controlling traffic, nor bike technicians. 

The Cayman Islands Triathlon Association is organizing these events and will provide water for bottle refills, but there will not be any other hydration or food provided. Bike racks will be provided. 

Indications are that this year’s triathlon will be the most contested yet.  

Trevor Murphy, president of the triathlon association, said: “There is no fee for these events. We are looking forward to seeing you all there to share in the final training before the big event on Nov. 3. 

“Whilst the training series serves as an ideal training ground for athletes preparing for Cayman’s flagship annual triathlon event, they are also open to any individual or team who may just welcome the opportunity to take part.” 

The build events start at 6:45 a.m. with triathletes expected to set up their equipment in transition by 6:30 a.m. and be at the beach five minutes before the start for a safety and course briefing. 

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This year’s triathlon could be the biggest yet. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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