Transition: Simplicity Is Key!


Posted by Coach Mark Turner

This past weekend I had the privilege of serving both as an IRONMAN Event Coach and one of the rules officials officiating at the IRONMAN 70.3 Texas. Throughout the weekend while participating in numerous athlete briefings and in one-on-one conversations with many athletes it was emphasized by myself, my fellow coaches, and the event staff that the best transition setup is a simple one. And then came race morning and of course in many athlete transition areas we still saw this...


Let's DO This?  How about let's NOT Do this.

Keeping it simple in transition serves the athlete well. Limiting the choices you have to make in each transition also reduces the risk that the important items like nutrition, electrolytes, etc. will be forgotten. A cluttered transition plan will almost always lead to a cluttered performance on race day. A cluttered and cumbersome transition area also indicates that practicing transitions (where one works out what are the most important items needed for race day) has not been enough of a priority.

So for your next race leave the bucket (and buckets worth of extra gear, etc.) at home. Keep your transitions simple and streamlined and have a great uncluttered performance!

The bucket might be fine when there are 150 people in transition, but with 2800 people like this past weekend it becomes a little cumbersome. In fact if everyone brought their bucket, there would have been more buckets in the transition area than at the local Home Depot!


~Coach Mark Turner

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