The Triathlon Transition
Hazen Kent – Tri-Newbies Online

The triathlon transition.

Triathlon’s version of a “Chinese fire drill.”

The triathlon transition can be crazy, chaotic, and perhaps even frantic.  Awareness and timing are essential. Tempers have been known to flare as tensions increase, bikes crash, and liquids are tossed about.

And the sooner you are in and out of this area, the better!

And just mention the word “transition” to someone new to the sport of triathlon and watch them become unglued.

But if you are a beginner to this sport, and you have a genuine fear of this temperamental portion of the triathlon, you are not alone. I have been there. We have all been there. And as you near your first ever triathlon or duathlon, the fear is legitimate.

Perhaps it is the fear that we are going to forget a vital piece of equipment prior to the upcoming leg of the race.  Or maybe it is the fear that our equipment will fail us. Whatever the reason, unfortunately, there is no magic formula for learning the art of the transition. Your only allies are time and experience. And with each race, your fears will subside as your transition skills become perfected. Eventually, the transition will become a means of strategy and your perception of this once chaotic situation will change. Eventually, the transition will become your friend. A place to hydrate, a place to put on dry clothing, perhaps even a place to relax…for a brief moment! As you become more competitive in this sport, the transition will become a crucial link in the outcome of your race and the speed at which you can transform yourself from swimmer to cyclist or cyclist to runner will become a factor in this outcome.

But let us not get ahead of ourselves. For it is the purpose of this article to show those of you who are new to the sport of triathlon, some tips and strategies to help ease your fears as you near your first triathlon.

So lets begin…