How to Set Up your Transition Area

I figured it was about time I showed my face on the blog (literally)! Over the past several weeks I’ve done a bit of soul searching, trying to figure out what information YOU might want to know. What are the things that I didn’t know before my first triathlon, but wish I did?

Beyond the logistics of the race – swim, T1, bike, T2, run – the personal logistics of each racer – the gear you need, where it should go, and how it should be set up – can be one of the most daunting for a first-time triathlete. So, today I’m attempting to take away some of that anxiety by showing you how I set up my transition area.

And this is just in time as two friends of mine will be doing their first triathlons this coming weekend – good luck Elise and Emily! Let me know how your races go!!!

PS – I have two additional bonus tips that didn’t make it into the video:

#1. Bring a cheap pair of flip flops to wear after you setup transition, before the swim – you won’t be able to walk around in your run shoes!

#2. HAVE FUN! Annie says “you’re never fully dressed without a smile,” so if you are feeling a little naked in your trisuit, put on a smile and enjoy the spirit of triathlon. Congratulate and encourage the other participants and thank the volunteers and police officers – you’ll feel your spirits lift, and often times your speed increase.

If you enjoyed the video and you have any questions or suggestions for future video posts, please leave a comment below!

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