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I totally agree with ONEKIDSMOM. I actually did a Duathlon (1 mile, 8 Mile Bike, 5K) as a first multisport event in March 2013, volunteered at a local Sprint Tri in June 2013 then did Top Gun Sprint Tri in July. I used it as a Training Tri and took my time to shake down the nerves and feel the transition out. I was slow and deliberate but crossed the Finish Line with Pride! 15 Tris later and I'm still hooked!
All the best and remember, the secret is in the Training!
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7/26/17 6:53 P

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I strongly recommend going to a tri as a spectator as a way to educate yourself to "what happens at the transition", but also to catch the energy that happens around one. Are there any local ones... like in August this year?

I will be doing a short "sprint" distance triathlon next Sunday, here locally. It will be my sixth year participating in this one. The year before the first one, I went as a spectator and saw what it was all about.

To begin with, the transition area is set up, and that's where your bike and running gear sit while you swim. They lock it down while you swim... you're not allowed back in until your swim is over. When you get done with the swim, you quick like a bunny run into the transition to where you left your bike, change into your biking shoes/ helmet / etc, run your bike to the mounting line, get on ONLY at that point, and ride the bike course. At the end of the bike, you come into transition to run. The bike stays, if you bike in your running shoes you don't change, if you have different shoes for biking and running, that's when you swap. Then out onto the run course you go... at the end of which you cross the one and only finish line, and feel the most elated you ever have in your LIFE! Or at least, that was how it was with me.

It's such an awesome sport! Welcome to the crew!
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7/26/17 4:04 P

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I have a year before my first tri, but I'm starting at zero here. I have no clue what equipment is essential. I'm looking at a mini, hoping for a sprint. I'm not in it to compete, but to complete. Never having been to a tri, what happens at the transitions? Can someone give me a brief rundown? Thanks!

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7/12/17 5:11 P

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Thanks Mirage727 my next tri is Aug 13th The Chula Vista challenge. I am hoping to do an international distance in October. I am thinking about getting myself some bike shoes, right now I bike in my tennis, which makes T2 super fast but I am not very confident on the bike. I have only owned my road bike for about 6 months now. I am afraid of not getting my shoes out.

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This was my transition pad for my 1st Triathlon, Top Gun Sprint at Ft De Soto, St Pete, Florida! Whoa, I look like I'm ready for a day long beach party!
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My Scott S30 is now a Quintana Roo CD0.1 rocket! That TYR Convoy Transition Backpack under the front wheel is for sale! I use a TYR Beach Bag now and it has the "essentials!" My bike shoes are now already clipped on my bike so I can slip into them after I've mounted. My Helmet rests on my aerobars with my Rudy Project Prescription Sunglasses in them. I use ASICS Noosa Tri Run Shoes without socks now. (Cuts 10 secs of T2 time) AND I still haven't learned all the tri tricks. That's what makes it fun! We're always learning!

By the way, N33NI3, I checked your Transition Times for Esprit! They were faster than my 1st Tri by minutes! Great Job! When's you next Tri? emoticon

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Good tips, Monty! I, too, am downsizing my transition stuff. Especially for a Sprint distance, you don't need a lot! Much CAN stay in the car.

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7/8/17 10:01 A

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Welcome to the Team!
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Excellent point! Thnx for sharing!
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I have a canvas bag made out of ship sail material. I carry all my essentials in there. I also keep my dry change of clothes in my car. You have to think essentials when you got into Transition!
I remember my first Tri. I had a huge Tri Bag. When I laid out my mat with everything on it, I was so proud, I took a photo of it! Overkill!
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After my 15th Tri, I look at my mat now and see minimal! One of my Tri mentors who has seen me evolve after all my Tris told me I finally got it! Lest mat, less mistakes. I do have horror stories to tell!
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I keep 3 hand towels in a plastic bag to use for T1, 2, and finish! Extra change of clothes, extra towels, flip flops, all stay in the car.
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Bring a Plastic Bag/( Ziplock for keyes/Phones) for all your things in case of rain! Last Triathlon we had a Monsun rain down on us before the race started and all towels/shoes socks etc got soaked :(

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We'll enjoy the moment, Barb! I love that I have D & 4 members of our Waverly Family there doing the 13.1 and an army in the stands! Last time I ran in Lincoln, I did a 5K PR! I'm just going to enjoy the intrinsic values of running the streets of Lincoln!
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After my two falls and the injuries, I expect I will be doing 13.1, not 26.2... and 2:30 sounds totally acceptable for a time! This decision makes my recovery easier and takes the pressure off... a return from "competitive" to pure enjoyment of my active events. Taking a page from YOUR book, Monty!

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Hey Barb!
Just did BDR Half in training for Lincoln. I'll be looking at a leisurely 2:30 as a goal only 'cause I know I'll be distracted by the foot tour of Lincoln like I've never done before and havin' fun with the back of the pack. I'll leave the PR setting to you in your first 26.2!
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Taking time off my transitions is one thing that I have more control over: some things are MUSTS (like remembering to put the glasses on before the bike... emoticon ) but you are so right. And practice *does* pay off in this vital tri skill as in each of the sports!

Good luck!

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2/2/17 10:39 A

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As it still haunts me, That July Hot Mess I did, aka Top Gut Sprint Tri, came up in convo two days ago at my successful Chilly Willy Duathlon!
I was talking to our Leader, Race Director, and dear friend, Fred, about that race. One word! MINIMALIST! If you are doing a Sprint, your transition area should be almost non-existent! Keep It Simple Stupid! (KISS)
I can't wait for my next Tri as I can visualize my transition pad as scarce!
Think! How many minutes do you spend in transition during a Tri? Depending on your run from water to T1 doesn't count here. SO I'll give you a leisurely 2- 4 minutes total!
Go over your essentials list & pack accordingly! I just put out my T pad and made it minimalist. I will do it several more time s before my ST Anthony's Triathlon on April 1, 2017! Practice makes perfect!

Happy Tris!
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Walking through Transition 1 & 2 pays off! It strengthens your focus. Repetition builds habit!
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How do I know? My last T1 & 2 was a mess! I assumed I knew what I was going to do. Swim goggles breaking on my swim affected my T1 as I let it get to my head, leading to a disturbance in my flow! My bike was mediocre and I brought that mindset into T2! I now know to focus ahead not in the past!

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Here in Florida, from April to November, the water is nice. Still there will be times in November when the temps start dropping. I found this at USA Triathlon most helpful.

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My most recent lesson was that I need to roll my arm warmers instead of just throwing them into my transition bag... putting them on wet arms can be quite the challenge! Fortunately, in super long races there are volunteers to help you with your transition ;)

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Once again learned the importance of a good swim warmup, especially when the water is really cold.And I learned how important it is to start slow in the swim.

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I learn something new at every Tri I do. I'm sure you all have as well. After my first, I learned to size down my Transition layout. I only put out my essentials now. It also makes for faster Transition Time.

What have you learned?
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