Top Tips for a Triathlon Transition

Top Tips for a Triathlon Transition

Transition is known as the ‘fourth discipline’ of a triathlon and they are crucial for a smooth and efficient race. The following top tips should help you to master your next triathlon transition:


1. Practice Transitions in training:

  • Set up mini-transition areas during your training sessions 
  • Practice the sequence of removing your wetsuit, putting on your helmet, changing your shoes and mounting/dismounting your bike.
  • Time your practice runs to improve speed and efficiency. 


2. Organise your transition area:

  • Lay out your gear in a logical order for the race
  • Keep your set up minimal and organised to avoid confusion


3. Use a wetsuit with a Reverse Zipper

  • Invest in a wetsuit designed for quick removal, such as our Ghost 3
  • This ensures that it cannot be easily be pulled down by a competitor, is super fast in T1, and provides additional comfort around the neck!
  • Apply lubricants like body glide to your wrists and ankles to enable the suit to slip off easily.


4. Bike and Run Gear Set Up: 

  • Place your helmet on your handlebars with the straps open
  • Remember to put your helmet on and fasten it BEFORE you touch your bike, as doing so can result in a disqualification. 
  • Attach your cycling shoes to your pedals and hold open with elastic bands if you are comfortable doing a flying mount
  • Replace your traditional shoelaces with lock laces on your running shoes for quick slip-on action.

5. Visualise your transition

  • Mentally rehearse the steps of each transition
  • Walk through the transition area before the race to familiarise yourself with where your set up is and where the entry and exit points are for each of the race.

6. Bike Setup:

  • Place your bike in the correct gear for an easier start
  • Check that your tires are properly inflated and that your bike is in good working order.


By applying these simple 6 steps into your training and racing routine, you will be able to improve your triathlon transition times, leading to a more efficient overall race performance.

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