Triathlete|Duathlete: 4 Transition Tips Every Triathlon Newbie Should Know

Updated: Nov 24

This training post is for the beginner triathlete, duathlete and the new to multisport racing persons we connect with daily online and part of our local club.

We want to take a moment to define the triathlon & multisport racing termtransition” because it really has four meanings and is used interchangeable to refer to the following:

4 Things Newbie Triathletes Need To Know About Transition (T1 + T2)

Tri Tip #1: Transitions is an Area

Were your bike and gear are stored throughout the race. Racers return to their assigned transition spot to swap equipment before heading back onto the race course.

Tri Tip #2: Transitions refer to Movement

The act of moving from one sport to immediately performing another during training & in a race.

Tri Tip #3: Transition T1 Is First Change Over of Sports

T1 the fist switch you do in any multisport race. In the case of triathlon, its when an athlete moves from swim → bike or if you are a duathlete — it's the first time you move from running → cycling. T1 'results' also may show up on your race results. Most events and timers have tracking devices on your or your bib that log when you enter and leave this area during a race.

Tri Tip#4: Transition T2Is Second/Last Change Over of Activities

T2 customarily is when you perform your second change over to the final leg of your race. Traditionally in both triathlons & duathlons, T2 is when you move from cycling to running. Your time spent in T2 is tracked by a timing mat that is triggered when you enter/exit Transition area and included in your overall race time.

Female Triathlete exiting Transition at Texas Triathlon Race
photo credit: Billie Long/Kerr County Lead