Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How To Transition in Triathlon (T1)

If you're doing any more than this you are wasting time in T1.

Key Points:

  • Have your wetsuit to your waist or half way down your thigh before you get to your bike.
  • Stomp on it once you've pulled it below your knees and use that time to put your helmet on. Smear Bodyglide on your calves before the race to slip it off more easily.
  • Have your bike shoes attached to the bike. It's a skill that saves time but it requires practice at first. Just like everything else in triathlon. Here's a good series on that: 
  • If you have a choice on where to rack your bike, go for the closest possible rack to the bike exit. The less time you spend wheeling your bike the faster you'll be in both T1 and T2.

Common mistakes:

  • Socks. Buy some baby Johnson's Baby Powder and sprinkle in your shoes.
  • Sitting down.
  • Drying off your feet (you'll notice Matthews barely steps on his towel).
  • Putting your race number on. You don't have to wear it on the bike and you can attach it during the run without losing time.
  • Putting your aero helmet on backwards (Yes, I've seen this).

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