Checklist for a Smooth Transition
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Tips to improve your transitions

Checklist for a Smooth Transition


1. Never ever forget where your individual transition area is located. With the adrenaline rush of a race, sometimes comes forgetfulness. Be sure to take notice of where your transition spot is located - look for some sort of landmark or remember to count how many racks from transition entrance you are located. Spend some time before the race getting familiar with the tranisition area so you will be able to find your spot easily. Don't be that athlete wandering around aimlessly looking for their bike!


2. Bring only what you need. Your transition area should not be cluttered with "stuff". Bring the gear you will use, and nothing else. You don't want to have to look through the clutter to find what you are looking for; everything should be laid out on your towel or mat in the order you will use it, extra "stuff" just gets in the way of a fast transition.


3. Keep the number of steps you have to do in the transition area to an absolute minimum. If you are allowed to choose your own spot on the bike rack (some races preassign each athlete a spot on the bike rack), choose a spot on the end of a rack. This will allow you to quickly locate your bike and give you more space to transition. Try to find a rack that is convenient to the entrance and/or exit of the transition area - you don't want to choose a rack over in a far corner - make sure it's in a convenient location. Again, make sure your gear is laid out in the order you will use it - bike gear in front, run gear in back. 


4. Always know where you need to go next by having a good mental map of the entire triathlon. Get to the race early enough so you will have time to find the transition entrance/exits. As you are finishing each leg of the race, remind yourself how to get to your transition area, and mentally review your plan of attack once you get there. Visualize what you're going to do. Don't forget where the starting line is for the next leg of the triathlon.


5. Lay out your gear neatly on a towel or mat next to your bike during set up. Staying organized is the key to a fast transition. Make sure all of your gear is visiible and within easy reach. Bike gear in front, run gear in the back. Make sure shoes are ready for your feet (bike shoes attached to bike or laid out and opened up, run shoes with laces untied), helmet should be unbuckled and ready to put on, socks (if needed) should be laid on top of shoes, etc. 


6. Transition time should be measured in seconds not minutes. Transition time is not the time to make new friends, have a chat, eat a snack, fix your hair, take a photo, talk to family, etc. Get in and get out. Don't lose the race with a slow transition. Practice transitioning to a point where it's second nature, and stick with a routine that works for you.


7. Walk through the transition area before the race. Again, make sure you are familiar with the transition area, entrances/exits, bike starting line, where your particular transition area is located. You don't want to be "lost" in the transition area during the race. 


8. Practice, practice, practice. You don't have to train for transitions like you do with the other 3 sports, but you should practice to the point that you are comfortable with all of your gear, where you like to place all of your gear on your towel/mat, the order you put on your socks, shoes, sunglasses, helmet, etc. Be sure to have a transition "dress rehearsal" at least a couple times prior to your race. 


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