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T1 101.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Hey well transitions are often called the 4th event in a triathlon! They have a greater imortance in draft legal races, but also in long course racing since it can be a great way to start the bike smoothly by carrying ones momentum from the swim onto the bike!

T1, is often very intimitation because it demands getting on top of your bike while in motion and as always, every body wants to look good and proffessional when doing so ;)

The “high ho sliver” aka stratling your bike in mid air, is very often the cause of many accidents withing a  few seconds of touching your bike. Putting on your shoes in t1 and then running with your bike is a guaranty safer option, but even then, some athletes can slip while running with their bikes and/or wear out their cleats signifcantly, especialy since some transitions can be a very long run to the mount like.

I even hear stories of athletes strainig their achilles and calf because they where jogging with their bike shoes, something they have NOT practiced in training.

When I was a junior, I was very fortunate to have a group of coaches that where very pro-active at practicing transitions in training on a regualr basis. Here I share what I believe is the best way to have you bike set up with your shoes.

The tools: a big paper clip and waxed dental floss

The tools: a big paper clip and waxed dental floss

 

Step one, slip on the paper clip on the side to hold the velcro straps open for a pheasible foot entrance!

Step 1: slip on the paper clip on the side to hold the velcro straps open for a pheasible foot entrance!

 

Step 3: It a personal option on which side one wants the front and back shoes, but tie the dental floss to the back of the shoe and the tie up a simple knot to hold the shoe horizontal. The waxed dental floss helps for extra grip when around the frame!

Step 2: Its a personal option on which side one wants the front and back shoes, but tie the dental floss to the back of the shoe and the tie up a simple knot to hold the shoe horizontal. The waxed dental floss helps for extra grip when around the frame!

 

Step 4: The shoe who is in front will need more dental floss, but the idea is the same, to have the shoe has horizontal as possible with the paper clip inside!

Step 3: The shoe who is in front will need more dental floss, but the idea is the same, to have the shoe has horizontal as possible with the paper clip inside!

 

So this is what the finish product should look like from the front! Note that I only had one paper clip for this...

So this is what the finish product should look like from the front! Note that I only had one paper clip for this...

 

I know that not all shoes are specific triathlon made like the Nikes, but a little creativity will give the same result! Like inserting hair pins at the tip of the velcro straps to guaraty that the strap wont pull out of the loop.Because this one time…

Make sure to not roll the bike backwards after the shoes have been set up, as it will put then out of horizontal positioning!

If only Avia made cycling shoes…Hi Ho sliver AWAY!