A beginner's guide to triathlon prep - Part 2

Transition

  • Have some spare trainers or flip flops to wear in transition and before the swim as your run shoes will need to be ready for the run leg
  • Pack some warm & dry clothes for pre & post event, particularly depending upon when & where the event is held..
  • Familiarise yourself with where your slot is located in Transition, so that your bike is easy to find after the swim when your enter T1, and likewise your run kit as you enter T2 after the bike.
  • Lay out your kit so it’s easy to see & access, and a towel for drying your feet can also help you to locate your bike.

 

 

Kit list

  • Swim
    • Goggles, swim hat, swim costume / tri-suit, wetsuit if open water.
    • Get to the swim start in good time so that you’re not rushed and so you’ve time to get familiarised with the lane format if pool based, or buoy layout if open water.
    • Consider a land based warm up & mobility as doing so in the water is often not an option
    • Note the swim exit and route to T1.
  • Bike
    • Bike, helmet, cycle shoes, sunglasses, gloves, socks.
    • Consider shoes covers, a gilet or rain jacket if the weather is cold or wet.
    • Check your bike beforehand so that it’s mechanically sound and check tyre pressures.
    • Put your bike in an easier gear so that you can start off comfortably.
    • Put a little talc in your shoes to help absorb some of the moisture.
    • Put your cycle shoes on as you normally would and walk with your bike. Only consider attaching to the bike when you’ve had time to practice.
    • Socks are fine, particularly if it’s what you’re used to.  Practice beforehand if you’re not planning to wear them.
    • Be clear on where the mount & dismount lines are situated for leaving and re-entering transition.
    • Ensure your helmet strap is done up before moving your bike and that your bike is re-racked before removing helmet again.
    • Have spare kit and be able to change a flat in case of a puncture.
  • Run
    • Running shoes, sunglasses, socks
    • Check for T2 exit, often the same as entering transition from the swim.
    • Also make note of the finish area
    • Elastic laces are useful to help speed up the transition and avoid tying up regular laces, but test beforehand so that they are comfortable and the correct fit.
    • Again a little talc in your shoes can be useful to help absorb some of the moisture.
    • Enjoy the finish line!
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