It’s funny how you progress through training.
We were discussing this issue one weekend during a Crystal River race this season. When were were training in year one our transition bags were full to the near busting with everything you could imagine, plus a back up of everything you could imagine. Now, a season down and well into the second season, it’s interesting to note how small our transition areas have become. To the point that I always think I have forgotten something and keep rechecking my gear.
Running Shoes? Check
Ear Plugs? Check
Bike Shoes? Check
Hat? Hydration? Glasses? Check, Check, Check
Um….is that it???
How can I be able to do a race with so little gear?? A year ago I had three goggles, 5 water bottles, two towels, a basin for fresh water, fresh water for the basin …..
Why the HELL did I need all that STUFF??
Chalk it up to progress I guess ….
Thoughts on T1
This transitions has always been a problem for me, usually because I have such problems breathing in the swim area that I need extra time to “collect” myself in order to move on, so I take my time getting the bike ready and getting out. It has gotten better though, and now I can get in and out in around 2-3 minutes. Not too bad, but can improve. Specifically:
- I need to just SIT down to get shoes on instead of spending 1:00 trying to get them on standing and then end up sitting anyway.
- Ride the bike without socks instead of fighting to put them on wet feet.
- A quick drink, but save anything else for the ride.
- Make sure I am in a low gear before leaving the bike
- Put the race number on here and flip to the back.
Thoughts on T2
Now THIS transition has been the biggest improvement. At the beginning especially. My legs were ALWAYS dead after the bike, so the act of getting dismounted and RUNNING to my area was not happening. I would get off the bike and walk there, hang up the bike, get shoes, helmet, gloves, off, then put hat and shoes on, get hydration belt on, and walk to the run area, and usually for the next mile or so before my legs came back. Where most people had their lowest times in T2, mine were normally loner than my T1 times. But no more.
Now I can handle the jog back to my area, even though running legs are still an issue. I don’t carry hydration, so now getting in and out of T2 in under 2:00. I can still be faster though.
- I need to try to run without socks, but not sure I can. Either way, getting socks on is an issue. SIT DOWN.
- Grab Gu or other Gel and take with me on the run instead of doing it at transition zone.
Transition is such a small part of the race, and rarely will win a race for you, much like the swim. But I have found that while it won’t win you a race, or end up even giving you a good race, it can definitely kill your race. Like the swim, no one has ever won a race being the fastest swimmer, but plenty have lost it being the slowest one.
And the journey continues ….