Faster transitions mean a faster overall race time. So what are some ways for you to get through transition quickly?
Transitions are not something you can just put off and figure out on race day. It’s the best way to get “free speed” in your race. Think about how much training you would have to do to speed up your swim, bike or run. By being calm and efficient, it’s easier to get your transition times down compared to the work that’s required in getting faster in swimming, biking or running. Those seconds you save could mean a place on the podium.
So, what are the best ways to have a quick transition?
-Practice your transitions.
-It’s all about efficiency.
Put out only what you need, in the order you need it, and no more. Keep the rest in your transition bag.
-If you have a choice, pick a spot to rack your bike that’s close to an exit, easy to get to and not very crowded.
-After racking your bike, make sure you look for landmarks and count which row you’re in so you know exactly where to go. You should also know where all exits and entries are.
-Run, don’t walk, through transition.
-Start taking off your wetsuit as soon as you exit the water.
-Don’t wear socks if you’re able to go without them.
If you do need to wear socks, scrunch or roll them up so that you can easily roll them on.
-Run with your bike.
Practice running with your bike holding on to the saddle. If you’re not able to run with your bike & control it’s direction holding the saddle, then hold on to the stem with one hand.
-Embrace your inner cowboy
A flying mount & dismount will be the quickest way to get on and off your bike. DO NOT attempt this on race day if you’re not comfortable or ready to do it. On race day, get on and off your bike the best way you know how to.
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