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Old 02-11-09, 07:16 AM   #1
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Transition Area Tips and Tricks

Okay guys....I've searched the boards and I've found a few posts on what to do/not to do in the transition area, but could we maybe start a master thread on tips and tricks for us newbies on how to get through the transition area in good time. I know practice practice practice....but I'm looking for a bit more than that!

Thanks everyone!
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Old 02-11-09, 09:43 AM   #2
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I'm a newbie as well, but got a great coach. Have your shoes ready to go for when you get off the bike, you can buy elastic laces so you don't have to tie anything, just slip on and go. You can attach rubber bands to your biking shoes while on the bike so that they are level and all you have to do is push off and slip your feet in then the rubber bands break off when you pedal. Also have your helmet upside down with straps over the side so you don't have to fool with them when you get to your bike. Practice unclipping when you come to the line while you are still on the bike so all you have to do is hop off your bike instead of stop unclip and unclip.
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Old 02-11-09, 12:10 PM   #3
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I don't put my sunglasses in my helmet. In the hurry of transition, I always forget they are there. Instead, I put them on top of my shoes, can't miss them that way.

I also like to put a towel under my shoes & stuff. I find it helps as a visual to find my bike among all the others.

I rest my helmet on my handlebars, that way it is up, out of the way & I can't forget to put it on before I try to un-rack my bike.
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I also like to put a towel under my shoes & stuff. I find it helps as a visual to find my bike among all the others.
I do this and use a very brightly colored towel. I also try to find a spot closer to the bike exit than the running entrance. My thought is to spend more of that transition distance running (in running shoes) than pushing / carrying a bike.

And I should note: I do duathlons, so I normally have two run segments.

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I do this and use a very brightly colored towel.
Has anyone else seen or used the helium balloon method?? Is it legal?
I'm getting ready for my 1st tri. I've observed 2 events to get tips on the transition. I've seen some folks use a helium balloon tied to the bike rack as a visual reference to help locate their gear. I would imagine that this is effective until everyone else decides to use the balloon idea !!

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If you run without socks, like I do, I glued my insoles into my race shoes because they kept folding up. I also put Vaseline on the inside of the heel so they slip on easier. Also use the stretch laces for running shoes so you can quickly slip them on.
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In T1 rack your bike so it is facing the direction you will be traveling that way you don't have to turn it around to leave the rack. in T2 rack it by the handlebars / levers but if you have STI shifters be careful not to damage them, they are expensive.
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awesome tips, thanks everyone!!
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In T1 rack your bike so it is facing the direction you will be traveling that way you don't have to turn it around to leave the rack. in T2 rack it by the handlebars / levers but if you have STI shifters be careful not to damage them, they are expensive.

Some races have a designated way to rack them, and I even saw one person get DQ'ed because they told a race marshal they weren't going to change the way their bike was racked.

Also, only bring what you need to the T area. Bring everything you need, but don't bring excess gear, like you were moving in or something. Other people have to use the transition area as well, and it can get kind of crowded.
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