Top 20 Race Day Tips


Posted: 9 May 2011
by Ralph Hydes

1. Arrive with plenty of time to set out your transition.
 
2. Walk around the whole area and know the swim entry, bike exit and entry and run exit.
 
3. Mark your area with something (if you're allowed). A brightly coloured towel is best.
 
4. Find a landmark near your area so that you can find it if your own marker gets moved.
 
5. Set everything out neatly. Remove whatever you don't need.
 
6. Try to keep your bike shoes out of the way of your bike, for ease of access.
 
7. Put your helmet on your handle bars and put your glasses in your helmet with the straps/arms open.
 
8. If you can, have your bike shoes attached to your bike and put them on when you are moving.
 
9. Place your bike shoes in the right position if they are on your bike. Hold them in place with rubber bands.
 
10. Leave your bike in an easy gear (middle on the back cogs and small front chainring) so that pedalling is easy when you jump on.
 
11. Put baby oil or Vaseline on your shoulders, wrists and ankles; this helps you remove your wetsuit quickly.
 
12. When you're taking off your wetsuit, put your helmet on and use your feet to pull off the last part of your wetsuit.
 
13. Once you have removed your wetsuit, place it out of the way. At the London Triathlon you have to remove your wetsuit as you exit the water.
 
14. Put your helmet on before touching your bike and only take it off when your bike is racked.
 
15. If you are going to jump on your bike, practise. Also practise getting off it.
 
16. Use elastic laces in your running shoes. Your shoes will slip on with ease.
 
17. Perhaps have some Vaseline in your shoes. It helps get them on and prevents blistering.
 
18. Wear a hat to keep the sun off your head. It can make a difference even when the day is cloudy.
 
19. Have an energy gel by your running shoes to take with you on the run.
 
20. Never assume you are experienced enough to skip transition practice


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