This weekend brings more than 13,000 triathletes on a quest to swim, cycle and run around some of the capital's most iconic landmarks. The London Triathlon, an IMG Challenger World Event, returns for its 15th year and it continues to hold its status as the world's biggest triathlon.
Whatever the distance you're taking on or your level of experience, we've brought together all the advice you need ahead of the event into this handy hub. We'll also be snapping you as you wind past Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye, so remember to smile for the cameras and check back next week for our photo galleries. Last but not least, good luck!
The Final Countdown
With only a week to go, we've got the answers to your last-minute questions and the expert advice to help you prepare for the perfect race day.
- Worried about swimming in a pack? Here are the answers to the triathlon questions you might be afraid to ask
- Don't just plod your way through the last few training days before a race - these sessions are the ideal opportunity to sharpen your speed and help you reach your physical and mental peak in time for race day
- Transition is often called triathlon's fourth discipline and getting it right could save you up to five minutes
- Swot up on the race course - the more you know, the better your chances of performing at your best
- Follow these easy refuelling steps to perform at your peak on race day
- Guarantee a perfect race weekend with this can't-fail guide to triathlon success
- Be at your best on the big day with our expert guide to completing a triathlon
- Discover the top 20 race day tips that'll help you zip to the front of the pack.
- Tick off everything you'll need to take with you on race day with this handy checklist
Triathlete's World Fab Four
Catch up with the progress of our London Triathlon contenders as they take on the Olympic distance this weekend. As the big day approaches, follow the forum threads of Kate K, James, Paul and Kate L to see how they're coping with last-minute jitters - and remember to pass on your top race day tips.
Race Day Etiquette
Good racing manners go a long way in triathlons with marshals and fellow competitors. Doing the wrong thing could even spell the end of your race. Swot up on our essential rules to get a racing gold star.
Make a beeline for the London Triathlon thread to find out which of our forumites will be lining up at the startline and share your last minute advice and post-race reports.
Once you've finished the race and knocked back a well-deserved drink, make sure you keep us posted about your triathlon triumph. Tell us your race stories via Facebook and Twitter, then send your photos to email@example.com to feature in our London Triathlon 2011 gallery.
You can expect a few aches and twinges in the first few days after the event. Kickstart your recovery by tucking into a nutritious meal packed with protein and carbohydrates. Ease off training for the following week, sticking to gentle spinning or swimming sessions to loosen your muscles. After months of hard training, your body deserves some rest and recovery.
Whether you've ticked off your first or fiftieth race, we're keen to keep your passion for triathlon going strong. Make the most of your hard-won fitness by tackling a local event, take on one of our racing highlights or set yourself a new challenge.