Setting up your transition correctly

Here’s another few tips for setting up your transition correctly. 

The first thing I would do is I would have my race belt all fastened and with my number on so that when I got out of the swim and got into transition, I could step into the race belt and pull it up so it’s around my waist.

You’re not fumbling with catches or anything like that because when you are wet and cold, it’s very difficult to put the clasps into each other. 

If you can just lift it up, job’s a good one. 

Next thing I would do is I would make sure that I got my helmet in the right place.

Ready to put straight on over my head like that because in a triathlon, you cannot touch your bike without putting your helmet on and fastening it up. 

If you can get a bike helmet with a magnetic clasp, then get one.

That saves a lot of grief in transition where you actually just go like that and it clips together with the magnet.

The other thing I would have is a little towel to wipe my feet on.

I put talcum powder inside my cycling shoes and also in my run shoes because it’s a lot easier to slip wet feet into shoes that have got a little bit of talcum powder on. 

It stops blisters, and it makes it a lot easier to put on.

When you’re doing a big race, there will be lots and lots of bikes racked up in transition, when you come out of the swim, how are you gonna find your bike. 

Do you know where it is?

They always have numbers on, and in the bigger races at the end of each rack, there will be a letter or a number.

I can remember doing the World triathlon event in Leeds, and my bike was racked on row number 45. 

Now that was a great number for me because at that time, Sheffield Wednesday’s best player was Fernando Forestieri, and he wore number 45. 

For me, no brainer. 

If you can think of something like that, or you can find a landmark.

It might be a picture that you look at that’s got a big mural or something like tha

You need a landmark so that you can focus on that when you get out of the swim and you’re all confused and you want to know where your bike is. 

They’re my top tips for transition. 

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We're Coaches Jacqui and Oliver Saxon, the Animis Coaching Team.

We are a mom and son coaching team who have changed our lives through the sport of triathlon. We aim to break down the mysteries of triathlon training and show you, the avid traithlete, how simple and flexible it can be so triathlon training really does become part of your lifestyle and not just a hobby.