Race Day - Triathlon Transition 1 (T1), Swim to Bike

  • Walk/jog up the beach/grass/pavement andover the time carpet and begin unzipping your wet-suit.

  • If the terrain is rocky you will look for your slip-on shoes for your jog up to the transition. If you can’t find them, waste no time, suck it up and head up to the transition without them.

  • If you can’t get the wetsuit off becuase you can’t reach the strap, ask a spectator or official to lend a hand. They will!

  • You may feel a bit disoriented. That’s OK! Keep going! Find your bike.

  • Look for the brightly colored item that you tied onto your bike.

  • Take off your goggles and cap and place them on your towel.

  • DO NOT GO INTO THE RESTROOM TO CHANGE; Do not put on underwear; Put your gear on over your suit. This advice is good for any triathlon shorter than an IronMan Distance Triathlon. If you were in an IronMan, you’d go into a changing facility.

  • Put on your t-shirt/tank top with your bib number on it. OR you can ditch the shirt and use just your bike shorts (with your number on it)

  • Rinse off your feet in the bucket.

  • Put on your socks and clip-in cycling shoes or running sneakers.

  • Put on your helmet.

  • Put on your sun glasses.

  • Make sure that your water bottle is on your bike.

  • Walk/Jog your bike to the bike starting point.
    Do not ride it in the transition area or you will be disqualified.

Related Articles Recommended Resources:


Triathlon Swim : – Get the low-down on gear and read tips for training and events.

Triathlon Bike: – Learn how to structure bike workouts, find safety tips and read recommendations on great bike gear.

Triathlon Run : – Get the ultimate skinny on running sneakers, running gear, safety tips and much more.

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