Tips for Succeeding on the Day of a Triathlon

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Triathlon Tips
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Originally based in Cape Town, South Africa, Angelique Tostee has worked with a number of international companies and professional consulting companies throughout her 18-year career. Outside of her professional pursuits, Angelique Tostee maintains her fitness through sports such as triathlons.

Even after weeks of preparations and countless hours of training, a poor game-day strategy can mean a disappointing performance in a triathlon. Here are a few tips to keep in mind on the day of the next event.

Eat the right breakfast. About three hours before a triathlon, consume a breakfast comprised primarily of carbohydrates and protein. Your body will need sugar and glycogen to make it through the race, so be sure to include these elements in any pre-race meal. However, be sure to avoid fatty foods such as donuts.

Arrange your equipment. Give yourself ample time to lay out your racing materials before you begin. Place your bike in the appropriate starting position for when you transition from your swim, keeping a towel nearby to dry off. You can also leave a tray of water near your bike to clean your feet before putting your shoes on. Remember to leave your running shoes with your biking equipment to ensure a quick change between portions of the race.

Warm up your muscles. Perform a variety of warm-ups before the event. You can increase your heart rate by swimming laps in the water or riding your bike for up to five miles. In addition, torso twists and practising your swimming stroke will help loosen your shoulders before the water portion. Regardless of your specific exercises, be sure to warm up about 10 to 20 minutes prior to the start of the race.

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4 Deserts Race Series Supports Charities Benefiting Local Populations

Apart from her professional endeavors, which have included roles as a project manager and business analyst for several organizations in South Africa, Angelique Tosetee pursues a number of outdoor hobbies. An avid trail runner and mountain biker, Angelique Tostee competed in the 2011 4 Deserts Atacama Desert Crossing.

Established nearly 15 years ago under its original name, Racing4ThePlanet, the 4 Deserts Race Series hosts annual 7-day races stretching 250 kilometers in desert regions in Chile, China, Namibia, and Antarctica. These races are widely considered among the most grueling endurance challenges in the world.

Apart from testing the stamina of its competitors, 4 Deserts focuses on returning significant funds to charities providing aid to people living in the regions where its multiple races occur. It maintains particularly longstanding partnerships with Operation Smile and the Y.L. Yang Education Foundation.

Since 2003, Operation Smile, which performs reconstructive surgery on children born with such conditions as cleft lip and palate, has accepted more than $750,000 from 4 Deserts. Also partnering with the Y.L. Yang Education Foundation since 2005, 4 Deserts deepened its relationship with the organization in 2012 through the forming of a joint scholarship program to provide support for the education efforts of young Gobi Desert women. Other charities that have benefited from the fund-raising of 4 Deserts includes Oxfam, Habitat for Humanity, Room to Read, and many others.

Permits Needed to Travel in Tibet

Angelique Tostee is a business analyst and project manager who possesses expertise in business problem analysis and business process re-engineering. When she’s not working, Angelique Tostee enjoys travelling. Her journeys have taken her across India and to Tibet.

Tibet, known as the land of snows, is one of the most complicated regions to visit. All foreigners journeying to Tibet must arrange their travel through an agency before arriving in Lhasa, the region’s capital. To prepare for the trip, travellers should contact an agency at least four weeks before arrival. This will give the agency enough time to apply for the required permits.

Travellers need permits to travel. The most common are listed below:
-Tibet Travel Permit, issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and given to all who enter into the region
-Alien Travel Permit, issued by the Public Security Bureau and given to those you travel outside of the Lhasa and Shigatse area

The travel agency will be able to arrange all permits prior to entry.