You’re putting all that time in swimming, biking and running! Are you neglecting transition train
Have you lost a podium spot because you took a little too much time in transition?
Here are a few tips to think about!!
- It is super easy to set up a transition area in your garage or a vacant parking lot to practice!
- Practice running barefoot to toughen up those feet for pre-race and T1. You will save a lot of time the faster you can run bare foot.
- Simplify and streamline as much as possible. If the budget allows, make sure you have tri-specific clothing and shoes. Trying to add any clothing to a wet body is frustrating and adds seconds to your time. With tri-shoes, you do not need to wear socks with them, eliminating the task of putting socks on wet feet. If you want to leave your shoes on the bike the straps open away from your derailleur with one strap to safely do so. Practice this every time you get on and off your bike.
- And if you do not physically do it, go thru it mentally. Visualize!! Every time you go out for your swim visualize your T1 and the steps you will take. Going thru it mentally helps train the brain. Same with biking, start thinking about T2 as you’re approaching it.
- Have all gear ready to quickly access. If you have nutrition in your bento box, have them already opened so you don’t have to fuss with them on the bike. Except for gels, just a start helps. And wait to eat until you get out on the bike. Do as many tasks as you can while in motion.
- If you didn’t need socks for the bike but do for the run, your feet are dry at this point and easier to put on. Have them shimmed up and ready to pop over those feet. Speed laces are a must! Don’t waste time tying!
- Practice the flamingo putting on those socks and shoes! This means not sitting down. You loose way too much momentum when you sit down to put on shoes!
- Grab your hat and race belt and secure in place as your running out of transition.
- On race day, know the transition area!!! Figure out your fastest route and walk/jog it a couple of times. From the swim to your bike and on to bike mount. Are you coming back in the same way you went out? Maybe not. You need to know this and walk it back to your spot. And then on to run out. Go over this several times physically and then mentally as your waiting for the race to start. Take note of the land marks in relation to your spot.
Relax and always smile!!
Coach Erika Hiller