Here’re some tips for what you should start organising right now:
1. Do you want to do this as a team or as an individual?
2. Are you going to do the short course or the long course?
3. Training groups/mates
4. Do you have all the necessary equipment for the race?
Did you know these options are available to you:
(a) If you can run and ride but don’t want to swim you can use the time from a swimmer (you don’t need to organise the swimmer – the club will do this for you on the day)
(b) You can have a team of two or a team of three with friends. Decide between yourselves who will do what discipline
For the race you’re going to need a swim cap (bright colour for safety purposes in the water), a road-worthy bike (perhaps consider getting a service or safety check before you race), a helmet and a good pair of running shoes.
You don’t have to have a flash triathlon-specific bike. Many competitors doing their first race will be on mountain bikes or hybrid bikes. You do have to make sure it is in good working condition – perhaps take it in for a service/safety check and to find out what you should pump your tyres up to.
What to Wear
You can wear whatever is comfortable! Please note you MUST wear a swim-cap in the swim for safety purposes and your torso must be covered in the cycle and run legs
On the Day Registration
Registration happens before the race. If you’re in a team, make sure all your members are together when registering. After registration there will be a briefing, this is where you will be told race rules and any extra information to be aware of – for example a particularly bad pot-hole or tricky tight corner. Listen carefully.
Rack Your Bike
Setting up for the race is often referred to as ‘racking your bike’. The transition area of a triathlon is identified by a series of ‘A’ frame bike racks that you hang the seat of your bike on. Look around at what other people are doing with their gear. Pick a spot on the rack for your bike, and then very neatly put everything you’ll need for the race next to it. Keep in mind that space is very limited and that this is a very busy and confusing period in the race for you and other competitors.
Time to head down to the swim – only take exactly what you’ll be swimming in – don’t forget your cap and goggles.
Once out of the water, you run into transition and start preparing for the ride. Some people prefer to be as quick as possible in transition while others like to take their time to dry their feet and get their breath back.
You must put your helmet on before you un-rack your bike otherwise you will be disqualified. Walk/run your bike out to the road way where you have been told it is safe to mount your bike.
When coming back in from the ride, walk/run your bike back in and put it on the rack. Now you can take your helmet off. Get ready for the run remembering to put your helmet/cycling shoes safely out of the way of other competitors.
After the race make sure you hydrate well with plenty of water and have something to eat.