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6/9/09 8:14 A

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Thanks, I needed a visual of this and you all did a great job of providing one.

I love the pre-race excitement, but this is starting earlier than I expected!

Wendy
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6/8/09 11:32 A

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What GLADGAD said.

Your typical t-zone will be a whole load of makeshift bike racks all lined up in rows. There will be a couple of entrances/exits, all marked (e.g. swim in, bike out etc). Get there early and nab a spot as close to the bike in/out as possible as it minimises the running with cycling shoes.

Park bike on rack. This is YOUR spot. I'll sometimes stick a spare race number onto the scaffolding bar to mark my spot if it's congested. I personally rack my bike on the bars, I don't like doing it the seat way. Then, lay out all your stuff. I have a duffel bag which comes with a ground sheet so I arrange all my stuff on that. Shoes towards the front, stuff for second run (if needed) towards the back. I put my helmet on my bike so that I have to put it on before the bike comes off the rack - you will be DQ'd if your bike moves off the rack and your lid is not on.

Once you've set up your t-zone, then figure out where the run in and bike in are. Then make sure you can get to your spot from both entrances. I walk through this a couple of times and then run it. In our races, balloons or any sort of markers aren't allowed, so go over this step multiple times until you have it down. This is the most important step for me.

For the first run I start with running shoes, glasses and I wear my fingerless bike gloves too. After run, into t-zone, find bike, change shoes, helmet, bike and go.

After bike - back in, rack bike, helmet off, shoe change and away.

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6/8/09 11:19 A

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i would just add one or two things. after you have your bike racked and tranistion stuff laid out, be sure to check your bike over, sometimes things get bumped around in the transport to the race (once i went to hop on the bike and the chain was off!). also be sure it is in the gear that you want to start out in-if you start with a climb you dont want to be in a high gear.
once the bike is set walk out of the transition and enter from the "run in" area and be sure you see where your bike is. if you can park it in a lane next to some kind of marker like a big tree or lamp post, something easy to spot that will help you find your bike faster. i usually put a bright something (little towel) on my seat too. prob a good idea to have a look from the "bike in" too.
have fun, good luck!

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6/7/09 11:16 P

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Dont get nervous continue with what youre already doing, and make sure you fuel your body with nutrition, and get your sleep.

My bike is great Ive been riding on city streets I have to seek out a bike path

John

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6/7/09 10:52 P

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I have not done duathlons, but I have done triathlons, so I think it will work about the same.

You will have a race number. When you go into the transition area there will be racks to hang your bike. There will be numbers posted on the ends of the racks, so find the rack that corresponds to your race number. The best place on the rack is at the end closest to the main thoroughfare in the t-area b/c you won't have to mess with trying to get through other people's stuff. It's one of the reasons people get to races 1.5 to 2 hours before the start!

Look around to see how others are hanging their bikes. Most hang them from the seat. Notice in what direction the tires most are pointing. That's probably the best way to hang your bike so it's easiest to remove it and head to the mount area.

In front of your front tire you should lay a bright towel - something that you can easily spot. On the towel you will have your gear - helmet, running shoes, sunglasses, running cap, etc. Make sure you're not taking up a lot of space because they expect to fit a good deal of bikes on the racks, and you don't want to crowd anyone.

When you come back from the run, go to your bike. Remove your running gear, put on your cycling gear, unrack your bike, CLIP YOUR HELMET, and jog with your bike to the mount/dismount area. Get on your bike and go. When you return, get off the bike, unclip your helmet AFTER YOU ARE OFF THE BIKE, jog back to your spot, rack your bike, change back into your running gear and go.

Dus and Tris are run without outside assistance, so you can't have anyone in the t-area, nor should there be anyone on the course who is helping you (you'll be time penalized). If you don't know how to change a flat tire, it's good to learn before the race just in case.

Good luck. I hope this helps.

-Carolyn

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6/7/09 10:47 P

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I'm great - getting some nervous excitement with this race coming up :)

How's the new bike?




Wendy
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"I have achieved oneness with the road - Please dial 911 for me" - Unknown

"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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Hi Freecloud how are you?

Im curious to read your replies on this one
its something I want to do in the future and often wondered how that works

JOHN

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6/7/09 10:36 P

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I'll be running/biking in my first duathlon in a few weeks and have a few questions.

There are 500 participants in the race, and I'm wondering how the transition will go from running to biking to running. I'll be running in my running shoes and then, when the time comes, will want to change into my cycle shoes, put my helmet on and get going.

How do I transition this...where do I put my running shoes when I take them off. How will I find my bike? I know no one is allowed in the transition areas, so I can't take someone along to help me.

Can you tell I'm getting nervous? :) I know some of you have experience with these races, so how does it all work out?

Wendy
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"I have achieved oneness with the road - Please dial 911 for me" - Unknown

"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist

"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves...The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom."
-Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile


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