What to Expect on The Day

Make sure you know what time your race actually starts (check the race website). I usually try to get there 1 hour before the start of my triathlon.

So as soon as you arrive, get your gear out of the car and head over to the Registration Tent / Table. If you can’t find it, either follow the steady stream of other people walking with their bikes or ask someone.

At Registration you will get your ‘kit’ with your swim cap, timing band, race bib/ number, sticker for your bike and this is where they write your number on your arm and leg. (Don’t worry, it will come off if you give it a good scrub in the shower later, or you may like to leave it on for a little while!) Put your sunscreen on before they write on you. If you try to do it after, you can smudge and smear the number.

Then it’s off to Transition. Find your spot and set your gear up. Pin your race bib to whatever you will be wearing for the ride and run. Put the bike sticker on your handle bars and strap your timing band around your left ankle. Lay your towel on the ground next to your bike and lay out all your gear on the towel.

It’s a good idea to have a look around and get your bearings while you are standing by your bike. More and more races these days are organising transition on your race number. So the number on your arm, bib and bike correspond to the numbers on the bike racks. This makes it easier to know where you are going, but it’s still a good idea to look around at where you enter transition from the swim, exit for the ride, enter from the ride and exit for the run.

If you have a support crew, figure out where they will be standing / cheering. Get ready for the swim and head over to the race start. By this time, if you are anything like me, you’ll need to use the toilet. Be warned, all the other women doing the tri will have the same idea. They call this the ‘nervous wees’ and I reckon it’s worse for us ladies! So do what you need to do and get ready for the briefing.

At the race start you just need to wait for Race Briefing and then the start of your race. It’s a good idea to pay attention to the race briefing so you have an idea of what’s coming. Have a look around and just try to take it all in. You should be really proud of yourself for making it this far, the rest will be a piece of cake. Relax and enjoy your first triathlon!

Most races start in waves so it doesn’t get too rough with too many people starting at the same time. Pay attention to when you race is due to start, get in there and have fun!