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Old 11-13-03, 11:09 PM   #1
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Help me make T1 faster

Hey guys, any tips to make T1 faster? I did a tri last weekend, and T1 was about 2:30...I guess that's ok, but some elite took 0:45!!! I doubt I could run directly from the swim out of the transition area in 45 seconds - that's insane.

Here's what I do: coming out of the swim, I unzip my wetsuit and undo the top, as well as put my goggles on my forehead. Going into my transition area, I stomp out of my wetsuit, sit to put on my socks and cycling shoes. Stand, then put on glasses and helmet, grab my bike, and I'm off.

The only things I could think of were:
1) not wear socks
2) try leaving my shoes attached to the pedals, which also allows me to run barefoot as opposed to in clipless shoes

Can you think of anything else? Regarding 1, do you eventually put some socks on in T2, or do you do the whole thing sockless? Comfortable?
Regarding 2, I'm totally clueless - HOW DO YOU DO THIS? I tried doing a search, and people were talking about using rubber bands and such, but I have no idea what they're talking about. Help?
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Old 11-14-03, 12:10 PM   #2
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That's not a bad time. Many things can effect transition time and you can only compare yourself to others in the same race. My last race had a 1/2 mile run after you exited the water and crossed the mat to the bike racks.

One of the most time consuming things is getting out of the wetsuit. My old one I probably looked like a Greco Roman wrestler trying to get out. My new this year is much easier because it fits better. Next is practice. Set up a transition in your yard and get the wetsuit on. fill it up with water and soak yourself and practice getting out and onto your bike. Getting a wetsuit on when it is wet is much harder. Some people use bread bags over there feet to help them slide in easier.

I take the time for socks. I have them bunched up on top of my shoes so I can stick my thumbs in and pull them on quickly and into the shoes. Helmet goes on the aerobars straps over the side with sunglasses in helmet to flip them both on quickly.

If you want to put your shoes on the bike, this will take more practice. Some people use rubber bands or masking tape to hold the heel level with the crank arm so they don't bounce on the ground while running out with the bike. Others (most) just let them hang.
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how do you use rubber bands or masking tape to hold the heel level? does it help you get in the shoes?
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Old 11-15-03, 03:44 PM   #4
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how do you use rubber bands or masking tape to hold the heel level? does it help you get in the shoes?
Tie a rubber band around the crankarm and the loop on the heel of the shoe or the bottom tube. This will keep the shoes horizontal as you leave T1. When you get on the bike step on top of the shoes and start pedaling. The rubber bands will break off. After you get going, slip you feet into the shoes.
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I use socks. In advance I put the socks on, then roll down the ankle as low as possible without rolling in the heel of the sock. Then I remove them and place them on my shoes. When I get to T1 I can quickly roll the socks onto my feet which saves time when your feet a still slightly wet.

I haven't bothered with clipped in shoes - actually the shoes I have probably wouldn't stay clipped in on their own like that! I really need to get some new pedals and clips :-D
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Re T2. I learned the hard way that it's well worth the 30 seconds in transition to put on socks for the run. If it's a trail run like mine, you're likely to collect a pebble or two in your shoe. I had to stop twice to clear my shoes and my feet looked like hamburger by the end.
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