Rather than reinvent the wheel, we have provided some links to information on the Triathlon Australia website that may assist in answering some common questions you may have about doing your first triathlon:
- What is a Triathlon?
- How to Train for your first Triathlon
- Training tips from Courtney Atkinson
For a simple race day check-list showing the gear you need and other optional extras we suggest the Training Peaks website. It not only contains a simple list but also covers some of the basic do’s and don’ts for race day.
Swim: special mention needs to be made that you don’t require a wetsuit to participate in a triathlon, although in the cooler waters of Tasmania, it can be comforting to have one.
Club swim training with Pete McKenna at the YMCA Clarence Pool:
- 6:30pm – 7:30pm Monday evenings, and
- 6:00am-7:00am Thursday mornings
Sessions are $7.50 for TA members and $10 per session for the public (payable to Pete at the start of the session).
Bike: any roadworthy bike will do (mountain, road, commuter or time-trial), appropriate footwear and an Australian Standard helmet is compulsory. Please note that the race technical official (TO) can inspect your bike and if not satisfied with its safety, can scratch you from the race, so make sure you do some basic checks prior to race day.
The bike helmet must remain securely fastened on your head at all times once the bike is removed from the bike-rack and while on the bike course and until the bike is replaced on the rack. A competitor must mount and dismount their bike at the respective designated mounting and dismounting zones.
Run: your feet must be covered. Triathlon South often has beach runs rather than using the nearby roads. Regardless, you must wear footwear for safety reasons. You cannot run with a bare torso, but sun-glasses and a cap are both okay.
Race briefing: A race briefing is given by the Race Day Manager prior to each race start, where the rules and general information is provided about the course, especially about moving in and out of transition with a run through of safety issues. Please ask any questions you have if you are not sure – we’re here to help!
On race day, we also have special helpers in “Hot Pink” hats and vests – they can answer all the questions you may have about gear set up, where to rack your bike, rules etc.
If you have additional questions or would require further assistance prior to the event please contact us.