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Bike To Run Triathlon Transition For Beginners | How To Do A T2 Transition

Bike To Run Triathlon Transition For Beginners | How To Do A T2 Transition

– The transitions in a
triathlon a source of light the fourth discipline, which is funny because we spend a lot of time swimming, cycling, and running, but
not so much on that bit that connects them all together. Now, if you speak to
anyone that’s actually done a triathlon or duathlon before, they’ll probably tell you just how unusual and perhaps how
uncomfortable it feels going from one discipline to the next, so it’s really important you
know exactly what you’re doing. So today I’m going to
be running through how to do a T2 for beginners going
from the bike to the run. (eletronic spinning) – For today, I’m going to
strip things right back to Basics with T2, so I’m
going to run through it some of the rules, the equipment we need, how the transition area actually works, and also, how we actually do a T2, but first of all, let’s run
through a few of the rules. (eletronic music) – Right, so the first rule
and the first step to T2 is the Dismount line,
now, we have to dismount a bike before the Dismount line, not on it, not after, we have to dismount before it, now we continue beyond that and we make our way to
the transition area, but once we do this, try to refrain from taking your helmet off
or even just unfastening it to try and save yourself some time. If you do do that and someone spots you, you are at risk of getting a penalty or worse, getting disqualified,
but now I’m talking about our transition area, every event will have a designated transition
area, now that does vary between events and how that
trips up transition area actually works, it’s racking also can vary but one rule that does
remain for all events is that you have an area,
and you are respectful of other athletes in terms
of where you put your bike and all your kit, now
the bikes racked, now is the point that we can remove our helmet and again, you can place that on your bike or on the floor with your
bike nice and closely. Also talking about equipment. Now this also does vary from events as to how much you can put in your area, but a general rule of
thumb, I just say try not to bring your kitchen sink. Some events do allow you to
bring a small bag and place that up beside your bike for your pre and post-race equipment. Another and final rule is no nudity. (eletronic music) – Right, well let’s
actually take a closer look at the equipment and
it’s worth mentioning at this point that for some
of those larger events, like I’m an and challenge,
that will actually require you to pack your equipment
into bags, that you collect as you come through both T1 and T2, but for your smaller and local events, it’s quite standard just
leave your equipment by your bike as I have right here. So let’s take a closer look
at those equipment choices and coming into T2, you’re
actually wearing a lot of your most complicated kit choices, so it’s actually a case of
just depositing that and then grabbing your running
shoes and tearing away, so all I have here in
T2 is my running shoes. You can of course leave
some socks, that’s optional, you can have some change of kit there, you also have some food, some nutrition, just to top up those energy levels. You will also notice,
I’ve got a towel here which can be quite a nice touch just to wipe your feet off through T2. It’s also quite a nice way of identifying your transition area
when you come into T2. (eletronic music) – Right, well, let’s
quickly run through some of the setup before we
get on to show you how to do it, so as I’ve
explained already, I’ve got my running shoes out beside my bike, but I’m making sure
they’re not stuck out into the path of other races,
other competitors or, in the way of my bike when
I’m needing to rack it. As we’re setting up pre-race, this is an ideal opportunity to scout
out the transition area, check out where you going to be biking in, where you’re going to be
needing to run out and so on. It’s also a really good
opportunity to make a mental note of which rack your bike is
in, then when you’re running through with your bike or
even coming out of the swim, you can quickly and easily count the racks and find your bike. You can also use landmarks and, or perhaps even an event Banner that’s in line with your bike. Well now that’s all the admin done. Let’s move on to the fun bit
and show you how to do it. (eletronic music) – But as mentioned already
today, I’m focusing this towards beginners, so I’m going to run through a T2 step by step. Now, with this being
a relatively new sport to you or even perhaps brand-new, the most important factor is
that we make it around safely. It doesn’t necessarily mean slowly because if we do this transition well,
it can still be quite swift. So, we’re going to approach the line as you would for a stop junction or a set of traffic lights,
robots, or stop lights, whatever you like to call them. So I’m going to start slowing
down in advance of the line, it’s often worth checking
this approach out prior to the race so that it
doesn’t take you by surprise. If you are using clipless
pedals, then you may want to start on clipping
from one side in advance, then come to a stop just before the line, and I would recommend doing this ammeter just to be on the safe side,
and place one foot down on the floor to balance yourself. Then simply take your other leg off and over the saddle, so you
can walk or even run away with your bike, okay, this
may all sound quite basic and it is but it works well and it’s safe. It’s better to nail each set well, rather than being totally out
of control from the start. Right now, we’re off
the bike and it’s case of making our way to the transition area. How we do that is entirely up to you, so we can hold the bike
by the handlebars here that works perfectly
fine, another option is to hold the bike by the saddle here. And in this position you have just a little bit more control of the bike, also eliminates the risk of
maybe hitting your ankles or feet on the pedals, but
it is another skill and maybe just need to build up to that time as you come a little bit more confident. Now as a case of making our
way to the transition area, and trying to get there
as quickly as possible. So, hopefully when we
were setting up her bike before the Race you took a
mental note of how to get there. So is the case of figuring
that out, working out which track your bike needs to be put in and getting over there,
but do you remember not to touch or unclip your
helmet as you do so. So how we actually rack our
bike does vary between events. A lot of events we use a
rail system, which will hang a bike from the saddle
or even the handlebars. Some other events, we
use a system where we put our front or rear wheel into
and kind of wedge it in, a little like I have today, now hopefully, you’ve actually found
the right transition area and don’t worry if you
haven’t because you’re not the first and you certainly
won’t be the last. Next check is to make sure
that your bike is secure and safe is not about to topple over, and now we can move on to
taking some of our bike, it’s also going to take my helmet off and then my bike shoes,
I’m going to leave them beside my bike out of the
way of other competitors and now put my running shoes
on, now you may have noticed that I have elastic laces
on my running shoes, so go over running shoes
nice and quickly there. But this is entirely
optional, you can of course just use standard laces and
tie them up through transition, but elastic laces are nice and quick and perhaps you might want to build up to using these with time, you
can of course put socks on in transition, I already
had mine on the bike and just kept them on
for the run, you can put other kits on, get your
nutrition as you go out. Another thing to talk about
is numbers or number belt. So, some races do require
that you wear a number on the back for the bike and
then on the front for the run. So if you’re using a
number belt, now’s the time to spin it around to the
front as you run out, but don’t worry if you do
forget because people will often give you a little nudge, a reminder as you’re running out of transition. Well, then if you are
a beginner to Triathlon and that is everything
that you need to know about T2 and to make it through it safely and easily, if you like
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9 comments on “Bike To Run Triathlon Transition For Beginners | How To Do A T2 Transition

  1. I only found out about the number being on the front for the run recently! It isn't something that is particularly well advertised, though I haven't heard of anyone getting penalized for it being facing the wrong way. Still, every tip helps for my 70.3 this Sunday!!

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