Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Triathlon Tips For The Transition Zone

You’re running to the transition station after an intense swim.  Although you are anxious about getting to the next leg of the race quickly, it is important to slow down and take it easy.  While the transition station can be a bit chaotic, here are some tips to keep your cool amidst the muddled confusion.

1. Choose the Right Duffle Bag
There are certain qualities to look for in functional triathlon bags.  Understanding what type of duffle bag you need, and what equipment to put inside is the secret to a successful race.  Depending on the length of your triathlon race, you may need a smaller or larger bag to fit all of your clothing and equipment.

2. Organization is Key
A bag that has a lot of pockets will make it easier to find your smaller items hidden inside.  Instead of rummaging around the bottom of your bag looking for the lip balm, you can have everything neatly organized into the smaller pockets.  It is important to keep your bag organized and neat so that you can find anything you need quickly. All 3 Sports triathlon gear has you covered from start to finish. Here is a list of potential items that you may want to keep in your triathlon bag:
  • First aid items, such as bandages, blister treatment, antibiotic cream
  • Emergency prescription medications
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Chamois cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Performance gels, bars and chews
  • Recovery food and drink
  • Handlebar end caps
  • Bike tire pressure gauge
  • Credit card, cash, and photo ID
  • Camera
  • After-race clothing
  • Safety pins
  • Race belt
  • Race number and essential documents
3. Practice Makes Perfect
It may sound simplistic, but practicing your transitions can definitely make it easier on race day.  Practicing will also give you a chance to ensure that all of your clothing and equipment is organized in your duffle bag.  If there is a problem with any equipment, you will be able to remedy the problem ahead of time.
4. Be Prepared
Preparing for the unknown is usually a skill learned by overcoming a problem that occurred during a previous triathlon.  For instance:
  • Have a few pairs of socks sealed in sandwich bags to keep them dry.  If the racer next to you should happen to throw their wetsuit onto your bag or spill their drink on your clothing, you will still have a dry pair of socks ready to go.
  • Pack a few essential tools with you so that you can make quick repairs on your bike, if needed.  Be prepared with a tire pump, tire levers, and extra tubes, just in case.
  • Keep an extra pair of goggles in your duffle in case your original pair breaks.  Many racers end up snapping their goggles while trying to hastily adjust them. 
5. Be Aware
It can be hard to stay focused while keeping an eye on those around you.  Being aware of your surroundings can help you to plan your next move.  From dodging an overexcited competitor, to finding your duffle bag at the transition station, it helps to have a full view of your surroundings at all times.

By being prepared and ready for the race ahead of time, you will allow you to relax and focus on the race itself.  Do your research online.  Find out what triathlon equipment you will need and learn from other athletes recommendations.  Most importantly, have fun!

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  1. these tips are very important. there are many unfortunate stories about runners who die during triatlon. :(

  2. Practice makes perfect, I agree. In order to fully qualify for triathlon, you have to train rigorously. I don't think I will have the endurance to do this but I admire those who do.

  3. I'm just discussing this with a friend. Given the weather here, training for triathlon will be tough.

  4. It's all about preparation. I learned the hard way on my first race.

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