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T1 Triathlon Transition | How To Go From Swim To Bike

T1 Triathlon Transition | How To Go From Swim To Bike


– Well, as you can see,
Frasier is just about to come out of the swim. He’s gonna be hiking up the
beach and towards his bicycle into transition, T1. Now there’s a lot to think
about and a lot to do in a very short space of time, and it can get complicated
getting it in the right order. So in this video we’re
gonna be breaking it down and taking you through T1 step by step. (light music) The swim to bike transition,
commonly known as T1, is the length between
getting out of the water and mounting your bike. There’s a lot to think about in this relatively short space of time and some key points to keep in mind. The most important rule to
remember is your helmet. Make sure you have your
helmet on your head and the strap fastened
before you touch your bike. But don’t worry, we
will go into more detail on that later on. Nailing a good transition actually starts long before you’re out of the water. Towards the end of the swim
you need to turn your mind to the task ahead. Visualise the stages step by step so it’s clear in your head and
trace a route in your mind. You can also prepare yourself physically by starting to kick your
legs a little harder, making sure they’re warmed
up and more able to kick for the transition into running. Once your feet are on solid
ground and you’ve exited the water, put your goggles on your head so you can clearly see where you’re going while still keeping your hands free. Next, once you’ve got
your balance, jog or walk to your transition area
whilst unzipping your wetsuit, and then pull it off your
arms and down to your waist. The sooner you do this, the
easier it’ll be to remove, as it’ll have more water
in it to assist you. Now you can fully remove
your hat and goggles and jog the rest of the way to your bike. Make a mental note of where your bike is and any distinguishing markers that will help guide you there. Doing a walkthrough of the
exact route you’re taking a race will really help as well, and having a towel laid
out can help you locate it, as well as being useful
for drying your feet. Once you reach your bike,
remove the rest of the wetsuit as fast as you can. Try to kick the final part of
neoprene off of your ankles while using the opposite
leg to stand on the wetsuit, providing an anchor point to pull against. Alternatively, it is okay to sit down if you find that easier. As we did mention earlier,
make sure your helmet is on and securely done up
before unracking your bike. It is compulsory. On the topic of the
helmet, if there is space on your handlebars or aerobars,
then leave it upside down with the straps open to either side and the front facing you
so when you pick it up it’ll be facing the
right way on your head. Shoes should be the last
thing that you tackle. Try not to lift the shoes
too far off the ground to meet your foot, as it can
be easy to lose your balance. Make sure you do one at a time,
and don’t forget to tighten and make sure they’re comfortable. So, as we’ve shown, there
are a lot of components and a lot to think about
when it comes to T1. The more often you practise
it, the quicker it will become second nature on race day. – If you like this video
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12 comments on “T1 Triathlon Transition | How To Go From Swim To Bike

  1. I’ve had issues coming into T1 with cramps in my shins! Of all places, then my calves. Any ideas or help with that? I’ve stalled getting out of the water because of it.

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