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KitBrix Transition Tips

Being organised in transition is key to successful triathlon. Kitbrix offer some great tips for a smooth and speedy transition.

Can KitBrix help you?

We always recommend taking a cycle and swim KitBrix into transition, saving on space and assisting you from car to transition area without balancing a box! With a solid, flat base on the surface, KitBrix enables you to have all of your equipment ready in front of you giving you the confidence and ease on the day. With the amount of space that KitBrix gives you, you can comfortably fit your wetsuit and towel (if required) in the main compartment with race goggles and towel inside compartments.

With ALL cycle equipment in your cycle section (T2) you can relax knowing all your kit is in one place. We recommend using everyday for training as individual units as one of the main advantages of using KitBrix is ‘training as you fight’ as they say in the military – using the same equipment in training as you do on the day aiding recognition and familiarisation.

Any items you need during the cycle should be attached to your bikes such as gels, and quick fix multi tools, as despite what other people do, real triathletes don’t give up on a puncture, It’s just part of the journey

Transition Tips from KitBrix Ambassadors

We asked our Ambassadors Travis and Laura about their setup and any hints, tips they could provide!

1.    Be organised. When setting up transition, only take the essentials in with you. Anything you know you won’t need, leave with family & friends or at home. This will help you get in and out of transition quicker with minimal fuss and stress! I have a laminated checklist in the clear pouch in the lid of my KitBrix.

2.    Visualise. Transition can often be a busy and sometime confusing place on race morning. Make sure you know your swim exit, bike out & in and run out to help gain those precious seconds!

3.    Practice! A great way to save easy seconds and even minutes of your time is in transition. Practice jumping on and off your bike, mounting and dismounting with your shoes already clipped in (very much an ITU style mount/dismount and probably for the more experienced). Good tip to use elastic bands to keep your shoes in a horizontal position to make this easy.  Practice running up to your kit and how are you going to put your sunglasses, helmet and shoes on quickly. What’s the best set up for you? For example, my sunglasses go inside my helmet, with the arms open so they can be put on straight away and then my helmet over the top.

4.    Walk through transition. Familiarise yourself with the path you will take from swim to bike and out, and then from bike to run. Look out for something visual near where you bike and kit is set up, so that it’s easy to spot when you are running to your bike. For example, is there a tree that stands out, or count the number of fences, or is there an advertising sign near by that you can easily identify or a bright pink KitBrix!

5.    Talcum Powder is a triathlete’s best friend. Use it sparingly in your bike & run shoes to help slip your feet in easier & reduce the chance of mid-race rubbing.

6.    Setup your bike. Make sure your bike is set up in the right gear to start your race. If you have a hill out of Transition you probably want to start in an easier gear, so not struggling in the first few meters of the race when you try to pedal.

We asked our Ambassadors Travis and Laura about their setup and any hints, tips they could provide!

Travis Bramley British Youth Triathlon & Super Series Champion 2015 – @tbramleyt

Laura Siddall World Champion Triathlete – @lmsiddall

Laura Siddall's kit list

“Below is an example list that I use in races. It includes all the kit I need for that specific activity, plus a few other pre race checks I do.” – Laura Siddall

  1. Wetsuit / Swim skin.
  2. Goggles (maybe a spare pair too just in case).
  3. Cap.
  4. Vasoline / Glide.
  5. Pre race nutrition / gel – I take a gel 15mins before the start of the race.
  6. Water – sometimes good to have an old water bottle with you to sip on as you’re warming up or waiting for the start. You can then just throw this away at the last minute.
  7. Timing chip.
Bike (T1):
  1. Garmin set up and mounted on bike (I have bike alerts every 10mins to ensure I’m eating and drinking, and also when running my watch takes 1km splits. Also, have you got the screen set up so you have the data you want easily accessible and easy to see?)
  2.  Pump tires to the right pressure.
  3. Check you’re in the right gear on the bike for starting out (see #7).
  4.  Shoes on bike, with elastics.
  5. Talc in shoes.
  6.  Nutrition on bike.
  7. Fluid on bike / aero bottle filled.
  8. Bike helmet.
  9. Sunglasses.
  10. Walk through transition.
Run (T2):
  1. Trainers.
  2. Socks (for half or full distance).
  3.  Race Belt.
  4.  Nutrition for run (couple of gels, with an elastic band around to mean the are easy to grab).
Spares/ Just in Case:
  1. CO2 canisters
  2.  Pitstop
  3. Tires / Inner tubes
  4.  Electrical tape
  5. Elastic bands
  6. Sunglasses
  7. Goggles
  8. Towel
  9. Tissues
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