Whether you are a newbie triathlete or an experienced veteran, speedy Gonzalez or back of the packer, everyone can afford to practice the art of a smooth transition.
The transition is when you change disciplines – so swim to bike and bike to run.
Sometimes considered “the fourth discipline,” practicing transitions can not only save you time, but can also save anxiety and confusion.
Here’s another way to look at it: how much effort do you need to put in to take 30 seconds off your swim time?
Think about the last race you did where you missed your goal by a few seconds.
Here are a few of tried and true tips:
-Know where your bike is in transition – use landmarks
-Pack the night before and re-pack to make sure you have everything
-Be a minimalist – less is more when it comes to transitions
-Attach small items to bike (gels, salt tabs, etc)
-Use just ONE outfit for the entire race
-Put “speed laces” in your running shoes so you don’t waste time tying them
-Use a race belt for your bib number
In fact, I recently wrote a blog with more in-depth transition tips, so if you’re still struggling, feel free to check it out: How to Execute Smooth and Fast Transitions. And if you need more, never hesitate to contact me!
Until next time –