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Transition Lite -- Less Stuff, Faster Times

You embark on a Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run adventure race. You want to carry lite to save energy and go fast while including a stop in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Triathlon transitions are no different: Think more about what’s mandatory than what you want in the transition area.

Be prepared but not over-packed.

Lite is speed in transition.

Don’t waste time packing, unpacking, moving, and repacking stuff around your limited space in transition.

Find your spot in transitions. Unpack once. Arrange your layout to your sequential needs. Don’t play a continuous game of hide and seek. Leave space for additions without covering up your pending T2 materials.

What you need to know about Triathlon Transitions:

  • Location of your space.

  • How to layout your space.

  • What to bring.

  • How to get to your stuff at your space.

  • Where to exit.

Here’s a list of mandatory and optional of your stuff:

Practice transitions of locating your space and changing race gear before race day. To prep for your transitions on actual race mentally and physically follow these steps to fast and lite transitions:

  • Locate T Spot.

  • Unpack thoroughly.

  • Place your stuff with precision, then head off for race start.

  • Discard swim gear with purpose.

  • Grab T1 gear in an orderly fashion: shades, number belt, helmet, & bike.

  • Run and roll to mount line. Jump on your bike. Pedal up to pace. Step your foot into your shoe and strap in.

  • Ride.

  • Then in reverse order: Return to dismount line with feet on shoes. Jump off your bike. Run and roll to your T Spot.

  • Discard helmet on top of wetsuit.

  • Put on running shoes.

  • Grab hat.

  • Start running towards exit.

  • Run fast.

Embrace that tactic that speed is of the essence!

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