Keys to get­ting a good race start

Multisport Mecca - - Mooloolaba Triathlon -

wave gets to you and hold the sand mo­men­tar­ily be­fore push­ing off the bot­tom. Al­ways dive with out­stretched arms to pro­tect your head from a pos­si­ble shal­low sand­bank.

Get into a com­fort­able rhythm and try to breathe nor­mally. Lift your head every 20m or so to check your align­ment with the buoys and use the splash­ing of other com­peti­tors as a guide too.

If you don’t wish to catch a wave when re­turn­ing through the break, sim­ply dive un­der the waves as you did on the way out.

You will exit the wa­ter aligned with the east­ern end of the surf club.

T1 SWIM to CY­CLE

Now that you can kiss dry land again, it’s time to re­move your cap and gog­gles as you pro­ceed up the ramp ad­ja­cent to the life­guard tower and across the road to tran­si­tion.

Be­cause you did a tran­si­tion tour on Satur­day (you did, right?), your vi­su­al­is­ing comes into play; run through the swim en­try, find your rack and, sub­se­quently, your bike.

Do­nate your cap and gog­gles to the con­fines of your per­sonal space and se­cure your hel­met/glasses and shoes (if not al­ready at­tached to your bike). Re­move your bike from its rack and pro­ceed to the cy­cle exit.

CY­CLE

This is a sim­ple out and back course, 20km each way. The only tricky part is the tight cor­ners at the start and end so be ex­tra cau­tious, es­pe­cially if the sky is

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