Triathlon Tips

General Suggestions

PRIOR TO RACECKT Transition Area

  • Familiarize yourself with the course and the transition area (View maps).  Visit the site the day prior, if you get the chance.
  • Eat a good meal the night before.
  • Be sure to eat a light breakfast the morning of the event (bananas and bagels are a good choice).
  • Pin your bib number to your shirt (or race belt, if you are using one) prior to the race or the night before. Being prepared eliminates any anxiety before the event.
  • It is common to be nervous or have butterflies before the event.  Keep in mind, others that have never participated in a triathlon most likely feel the same way.
  • Unless you are in the first heat, be sure to watch how the flow goes so you can get a good idea as to what you should expect.
  • Review the Transition Area map we provided.  It will help you feel like you know what’s going on before you get there.ckt swimmer
  • Make sure you dust off your helmet and assure that it fits snugly and properly.
  • Before the event, be sure your bike is in good working order.  Pump your tires or better yet,  visit a local bike shop.


  • It is important to stay hydrated. Drink water prior to your race, but not too much.
  • During the swim, should you become tired, feel free to hold on to the lane line.  There is no penalty for being the last out of the pool. In fact,  and in most cases, you seem to get more applause and personal encouragement.
  • When on the bike, be sure to look forward and keep your eyes on the roadway.  There most likely will be participants behind and in front of you.  If possible, always stay to your right side in case someone wishes to pass.
  • When and if you should pass another athlete on the bike course, be sure to let him/her know you are approaching.  Shout out “on your right” or “on your left” when passing.Bike Start
  • For those 13-17 years old, remember, you will be doing multiple on the bike course.  When you complete the first 2 mile lap, you will be given a wrist band.  When you arrive after your second lap, be sure to show our volunteer this band and they will direct you into the transition area.
  • When you start the run, your legs may feel wobbly from the bike. This is mostly due to using a different set of muscles.  If this is the case, don’t panic, but simply take shorter strides until your legs adjust.
  • Pace yourself to avoid having to walk near the end.  Ideally, you should conserve your energy to enable a burst of energy near the finish line.
  • If you have to walk, that is perfectly fine.  Keep in mind, you have just done two other activities, but more importantly, the finish line is up ahead.
  • And most importantly, this is your event.  You are participating in it for yourself.  Keep in mind that we will be proud of you regardless of what time you finish.
  • After completion, have some fun and relax! You are now a triathlete!

Transition Area PreparationBike Set-Up

It is important that you set up your gear in the transition area when you arrive at the event. The transition area is kind of like “home base”. You will return to the transition area after the swim and bike segments of the event and transition to the next segment. The transition area will be divided into sections by age group. Be sure to select a bike rack within your correct age division.

Following is a suggestion  as to how to rack your bike and leave your shoes and other items with your bike, so they will be ready for you after you complete the swim.

Parents and Children, remember to abide by the Transition Area rules:

  • No parents of children ages 9 and up are allowed in the transition area at any time, unless the parent is in the Parent / Child division or the child has special needs and has previously arranged with the Race Director to receive a wristband.
  • Parents in any division may not rack bikes, put away helmets etc for children at conclusion of bike. If a participant is seen tossing bike/helmet to parent without racking his/her bike in their bike rack (and then getting undue advantage to starting the run) a timing or race official may assess a time penalty and/or disqualify the participant from the event.
  • No riding of bikes at any time in transition area.
  • No glass is permitted in transition under any circumstances.
  • Wristbands are issued to parents of 7-8 individual triathletes for pre-race set up ONLY. This means parents may NOT be in transition during the race. The reason for this rule is primarily because the transition area becomes too congested. The second reason is because parents provide competitors advantage over others.


Transition Area Set Up Suggestions