Triathlon Transition: By Brandt Quick
A triathlon consists of three events: swimming, cycling, and running. Triathletes will spend hundreds of hours training for these events, and rightly so. However, what takes place in between these three events requires necessary preparation as well.
In between each event is what is referred to as a “triathlon transition” or simply “transition.” Each triathlon has two transitions: T1- swim to bike and T2-bike to run. Too many times triathletes are not fully prepared for these transitions and those that fall within this category are destined to be struggling for lost time and a lack of self-confidence during the race.
These triathlon transitions, many times, are chaotic as one struggle to go from one event to the other. One must be fully aware at all times and his or her timing must be on point. Only training and forethought in these areas will ensure that the triathlete makes the most of the triathlon transition.
The following our five tips for a speedy and efficient transition:
You will get better with each and every race. Practice, patience and experience are very critical and of course these will take place over time. You will develop your personal transition checklist as you garner more experience. Find out what works best for you and what doesn’t.
Remember, a crucial component of a triathlon is the time. Time placement is not merely based on how fast you can swim, bike, or run, but also a speedy and smoothed the transition. Approach your triathlon transition preparation with intelligence and motivation. You can fulfill your potential as a triathlete, however, you must train in every facet of the race.
A triathlon is one of the most difficult races to train for and compete in. Your expertise and input is very important!
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Brandt Quick is CEO/President of BQuick Athletic Development, BQuick Nutrition and BQuick Tri-Dat. He can be reached at 1-855-TRY-BQUICK (879-2784), and website at www.bquickfitness.com, www.bquicknutrition.com or www.tri-dat.com