Getting Through Transition (in Triathlon)!
By Ron Shilon, Coach.
One of the biggest difficulties (challenges?) in triathlon is the transitions – from swimming to biking and from biking to running.
The first competition in which I participated was the first IDF duathlon, which took place in the early 90's (of the last century, of course). Because I was new to the sport, I hadn't done even one transition workout. The distances were relatively short – 5km running – 20km cycling – 3km running.
The first transition from running to cycling went well, because I was a fairly experienced runner. I don't remember much from the biking segment, but I can't forget the second transition – as soon as I got off my bike, my legs collapsed under the weight of my body. I couldn't walk, not to mention trying to run! My knees shook, my legs wouldn't listen to me and my body screamed out! These were apparently the longest three kilometers of my life.
So, what can be done to prevent this unwanted experience? One can help the body train for transition.