Now before we jump into leg #2, we thought we’d cover another anxiety increasing area of triathlon…..Transition. For being such a small part of a triathlon, your transition can either improve the flow of your race, or cause you a great deal of pain! So here it is….Transition 101.
What is transition?
For those new to triathlon, transition is one of the less talked about unknowns. Quite literally it is the step between the legs of your event. This is where you swap out your swim gear for your cycling gear, and then you’re cycling gear for your running gear. Simple, right?! Well, not always. Sometimes we are in such a hurry to move onto the next leg, we forget simple little things that can become really big problems down the track.
So, depending on how your event is set up, you will either have a T1 (swim to bike transition) and T2 (bike to run transition) in different places, or it will all be at the same transition point for each switch. The key to transition is in your preparation.
We are intending to start a series of blogs about things that seem so obvious to the well acquainted and yet may be the thing we didn't know we didn't know. So some well pointed questions will undoubtedly free you from some potential embarrassment or world rocking epic fails. Through our own experiences Jane – Magnetic Island Crossing, Green Island and Lake Argyle 20K swim and I (Priscilla) 70.3 and Ironman, with a little guidance from the friendly coaches of NQTA, will attack these topics for you.
There are many things in life that we approach and take on with our eyes wide open; knowing exactly what we are in for, what the end result is likely to be and how to get from start to finish. Triathlons are not in this category. We think we have a pretty good idea to start with. We choose an event, usually based on the length of the race, the location, proximity to home and cost. We know there will be months of training and that, on the day, we will give it all we have and, if all goe...