Keys to getting a good race start
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.
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