Transition Tips

We know a lot of GO TRIers are unsure of what transition is. The GO TRI team are here to help you understand this triathlon term and how to be successful in your first transition.

Within triathlon and multisport transition is the process or period of changing from one element to another. For example; swim to bike or bike to run.

Here are our top tips for a smooth transition. 

Step 1

Decide what you are going to wear, and practice getting changed at home or at a pool.

  • It might sound silly but getting changed when wet can be a real challenge.
  • Consider having a towel in transition to quickly part dry before changing.
  • Prepare for the weather. If the transition is outdoors, pack you transition kit in a waterproof bag.
  • Take an additional plastic bag if your GO TRI has a swimming element. This is a good place to store your swimming costume/wetsuit to avoid getting the rest of your kit wet.

Step 2

  • When you are racking your bike and setting out your transition area. Make a note of where the entry and exits are.
  • Head over to the entrance and take a walk through of finding your kit and then head to the exit. This will help you remember where your kit is.

Step 3

  • During your event try to stay calm and don’t rush too much in transition. It can often be a case of less haste, equals more speed, as you will often see people hurry and put helmets on back to front and even shoes on the wrong feet.
  • Listen to the officials as they are there to keep you safe, but also make your event enjoyable. There should also be an organiser or official about when you are setting up transition, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Watch our short video to guide you through transitions.

"GO TRI’s are low key and focus more on the enjoyment side of the event. However, many have transitions zones and it can be a scary prospect. The worry about if you have forgotten something or mess up starts to loom over your head before you start. "

Swimming person Cycling person Running person

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