Keep. It. Simple. Stupid. :) That is the way I approach setting up my transition. With the season just starting (well, at least in Florida) I wanted to touch base on this. For those of you who have not done a triathlon (yet) or new to this sport - this is very important. Your transition times can make or possibly break your race. Simplicity is the key. Your main goal is to get in and out as fast as possible.
Below you will find my transition for the sprint triathlon I did yesterday:
Helmet on bike with sunglasses in the helmet. I put my glasses in my helmet so:
1. I don't forget to put them on
2. I don't step on them
3. I put them on before I throw on the helmet
Also - I set my helmet on my aero bars so that I put it on before I take it off of my rack
(you can not leave transition with out your helmet!)
Bike shoes in front (since I put them on 1st)
Garmin turned on so that I don't have to mess with it
hat and bib ready to go
Also, if this was a longer race - I would keep nutrition on my bike and also stick some gu's in my running shoes so I have no choice but to grab it :)
Another important thing to remember is to put on what you have to while you are stationary (shoes) and everything else while you are running out of T2. I throw on my shoes, and then grab everything else and I'm outta of there! There are some pretty random photos out there of me throwing on my hat, watch, and race belt while I'm running!
Now, your transition my change depending on your race. The longer the race is, the more water bottles, nutrition, arm warmers, etc you may have. Just make sure it's as simple as possible and works for you!
I can't lie - I look as some peoples transition and it totally stresses me out. And I just hope that all of their 'stuff' does not take over my little area!
Just remember - the more stuff you have, the more crap you have to deal with! KISS! Keep It Simple!
Killer race yesterday! Race report to come soon!
Hope everyone had a great weekend!