Swim

What does T1 and T2 stand for?

T1 = Transition 1 – the transition between the swim and the ride where you discard your swim gear and get ready to ride your bike.

T2 = Transition 2 – the transition between the ride and run where you rack your bike and get ready to go for the run.

What is a brick session?

A brick session is a training session where you do two disciplines back to back, most commonly bike to run. It imitates a race, where you only take a handful of minutes after getting off the bike before heading out to run.

Brick

It’s an invaluable training tool that gets your legs accustomed to transitioning quickly from cycling to running.

Why do you wear a swimming cap in a race?

There are a lot of practical reasons why people wear swim caps. They include:

  • Keeping your hair out of your face / eyes
  • Reducing the amount of water going into your ears
  • Reducing drag
  • Protect your hair from the effects or chlorine or salt water
  • Keep your head warmer in colder water
  • Stop the goggles strap pulling on your hair

But when you’re competing in a triathlon or an open water swim event, safety is the key consideration. Wearing a brightly coloured swim cap enables you to be seen by the marshals and lifeguards. It enables you to see what direction others are swimming in if you get disorientated. It also enables other water users (surf skis, jet skis, surfers etc) to see you and keep away.

 

Bike

What does T1 and T2 stand for?

T1 = Transition 1 – the transition between the swim and the ride where you discard your swim gear and get ready to ride your bike.

T2 = Transition 2 – the transition between the ride and run where you rack your bike and get ready to go for the run.

How much pressure should be in my tyres?

Finding the right tyre pressure is important to enable your bike to roll quickly, ride smoothly, and fend off flats. The easiest way to determine the correct pressure is to check the wall of your tyres and find the manufactures recommendations.

However if there isn’t one then the general rule is that narrow tires need more air pressure than wide ones. A rough guide is as followings:

  • Road tires require 80 to 130 psi (pounds per square inch)
  • Hybrid tires, 50 to 70 psi
  • Mountain tires, 30 to 50 psi

To find your ideal pressure, start in the middle of these ranges, then factor in your body weight. The more you weigh, the higher your pressure needs to be. For example, if a 165-pound rider uses 100 psi on his road bike, a 200-pound rider should run closer to 120 psi, and a 130-pound rider could get away with 80 psi. Never go above or below the manufacturer’s recommended pressures.

Do you wear undies under your cycling pants (nicks)?

No. Cycling pants, tri pants and tri suits are all designed to be worn without underwear. Wearing underwear will only cause discomfort and chaffing as the seams rub on your skin. The longer the ride, the worse it gets. Trust me on that one.

Gas canisters versus bike pumps?

The benefit for using gas canisters is the speed by which you can inflate your tyre. This is especially important during a race where every second counts. You have the ability to inflate your tyre to 100psi in seconds, which is much harder to do with a mini pump.

However, you may need to carry several gas canisters in case you have multiple flat tyres during those longer rides. You also have to be careful not to over inflate your tyre. May also still have to carry a pump as a backup.

What is a brick session?

A brick session is a training session where you do two disciplines back to back, most commonly bike to run. It imitates a race, where you only take a handful of minutes after getting off the bike before heading out to run.

Brick

It’s an invaluable training tool that gets your legs accustomed to transitioning quickly from cycling to running.

What’s the difference between cycling shoes and tri shoes for the bike?

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There are distinct differences between road and triathlon cycle shoes. Road Shoes are stiffer in construction, provide a snugger fit, have multiple straps and less ventilation.

Triathlon shoes:

  • Are easier to slide on and off – especially while riding
  • Generally have a large pull tab on the heel
  • Are a more pliable softer shoe
  • Have more ventilation and drainage holes to help dry the foot after the swim
  • Are done up via a simple large Velcro strap

How do I stop chaffing when on long rides?

Even when you’re wearing a good pair of cycle or tri pants you may still experience chaffing during longer rides. This can be a result of a few things:

  • Wearing underwear under your cycling kit
  • Poor bike fit
  • Seat choice
  • Just because it’s a long way

Firstly, take off any underwear and start wearing proper cycling pants or tri pants. This will go a long way to making things more comfortable.

Secondly, make sure your bike has been properly set up for you including an appropriate seat for your butt.

Failing all of that I suggest you purchase an anti chaffing product that’s applied before you start riding which will make things a lot more comfortable during those longer rides.

Oh and don’t be embarrassed purchasing something like this …… we all have it in our tri bags ready to go. (I learnt the hard way)

Glide                          Lanacam

 

Run

What does T1 and T2 stand for?

T1 = Transition 1 – the transition between the swim and the ride where you discard your swim gear and get ready to ride your bike.

T2 = Transition 2 – the transition between the ride and run where you rack your bike and get ready to go for the run.

What is a brick session?

A brick session is a training session where you do two disciplines back to back, most commonly bike to run. It imitates a race, where you only take a handful of minutes after getting off the bike before heading out to run.

Brick

It’s an invaluable training tool that gets your legs accustomed to transitioning quickly from cycling to running.

Why do you wear a swimming cap in a race?

There are a lot of practical reasons why people wear swim caps. They include:

  • Keeping your hair out of your face / eyes
  • Reducing the amount of water going into your ears
  • Reducing drag
  • Protect your hair from the effects or chlorine or salt water
  • Keep your head warmer in colder water
  • Stop the goggles strap pulling on your hair

But when you’re competing in a triathlon or an open water swim event, safety is the key consideration. Wearing a brightly coloured swim cap enables you to be seen by the marshals and lifeguards. It enables you to see what direction others are swimming in if you get disorientated. It also enables other water users (surf skis, jet skis, surfers etc) to see you and keep away.

 

Clothing

What should I wear when competing in my first triathlon?

You should always double-check the rules specific to the event you’re competing in, but in general there are no hard and fast rules for what you should wear during a triathlon. Apart from the following guidelines:

  • You must wear appropriate shoes on the bike and the run
  • You must wear a swim cap during the swim
  • Wetsuits are only allowed if the water is below a certain temperature
  • Your torso must be covered during the run (Australian rules)

The simplest option is to wear your swimmers for the swim leg and put a T-shirt on during T1 for the bike and run legs. I’d suggest board shorts should be avoided as they provide increased drag in the water. However, this doesn’t take into consideration your butt during the bike leg. As the distances get longer you’ll really appreciate some extra padding between the cheeks.

So a second scenario might be:

  • Swim Leg – swimmers or bike shorts or tri pants
  • Bike Leg – put on a t-shirt and if wearing swimmers, slip on a pair of bike shorts over the top
  • Run Leg – remove bike shorts and swap for running shorts or just run in your swimmers. (Depending on the distance and amount of padding you may also be able to run in your bike shorts)

Ultimately, when every second counts, I would suggest wearing a tri suit. There is no need to change at all throughout the race as a snuggly fitting tri suit creates minimal drag in the water, offers padding for your butt on the ride and protection from the sun throughout the race.

Tri Suit – 1 piece versus 2 piece?

This is generally personal preference.

Some people find that the singlet in a 2 piece suit rides up and becomes uncomfortable, and unless you have a six pack it might not be that flattering.

I personally use a 1-piece suit when competing in sprint or Olympic distance event, and a 2 piece for anything longer. I do this for one simple reason. I don’t need to go to the toilet during an Olympic distance event. However I know from my training that my bladder can’t hold out any longer than about 3 hours. So during a half Ironman I’ll definitely need to have a toilet stop or two.

What’s the advantage of wearing a tri suit?

When every second counts, a tri suit is the best choice of clothing for the following reasons:

  • There is no need to change throughout the race
  • A snuggly fitting tri suit creates minimal drag, offers padding for your butt and protection from the sun.
  • The top doesn’t ride up like a 2 piece set up.

Do you wear undies under your cycling pants (nicks)?

No. Cycling pants, tri pants and tri suits are all designed to be worn without underwear. Wearing underwear will only cause discomfort and chaffing as the seams rub on your skin. The longer the ride, the worse it gets. Trust me on that one.