EX­TRA TRI TIPS

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AD­VANCE WARN­ING

“Don’t do your first tran­si­tion in the race,” says Rooke. “Prac­tise them in train­ing, es­pe­cially brick ses­sions [see p53]. Be­fore the race, check out the tran­si­tion area and walk your route – but re­mem­ber it’ll be chaos on the day.”

OIL UP

“Take off your hat and gog­gles and get your top half out of the wet­suit as soon as you’re on your feet,” says Gar­bett. “Get­ting your legs out is trick­ier. Putting baby oil on them be­fore­hand helps you step out of the suit as you put on your hel­met.”

TALC UP

“The strug­gle is real when putting socks on damp feet,” says Gar­bett. “My top tip is to put talc in your socks be­fore the race. If you de­cide to save time by dis­pens­ing with socks al­to­gether, put the talc di­rectly into your bike shoes and train­ers.”

TAKE YOUR TIME

“You can lose time by try­ing to mount your bike too early,” says Gar­bett. “Take your time and run it through to a point where you can get on un­ob­structed and pedal straight away.” You’ve al­ready prac­tised an on-the-go mount-up, right?

SHOES OFF

As you ap­proach the bike-run tran­si­tion, tak­ing feet out of bike shoes saves time. So prac­tise pedalling bare­foot with shoes at­tached to the ped­als. “And look up,” says Gar­bett. “I’ve seen crashes caused by peo­ple star­ing at their feet.”

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