Transition - the elusive '4th' discipline in your triathlon
Getting the wetsuit off is generally much easier than putting it on – the layer of water on the inside helps it slide off easily. Once you’ve undone the zip, remember you often have a security tab back there as well as the main collar tab, you should try to get the arms out of the suit as quickly as possible.
Running back to the transition area (T1) in the suit will normally drain it and at some races there is a 200+m run from the exit of the water to the transition area, so you want to get as much of you out of it as you can before it dries out. Usually getting down to the waist before you enter transition is good enough. The trick is to make sure the suit does not bunch up around the ankles or the wrists. If the rubber rolls up on itself, it’s often actually quicker to partly pull the arm or sleeve back on, free the suit up and try again. Just pulling up against the roll actually makes it harder and harder to get off.
A neat trick is to hold your swim cap and goggles in your hand and then pull the wetsuit sleeve over them as you take the suit off. Let go of the cap and goggles inside the sleeve and they will remain there ready to be recovered later.
Once you get the wetsuit off remember to stow it out of the way, not just left on the ground. If you have a name panel on the inside of the suit, use it as they all look very similar and you’d hate someone to walk off with yours by accident.
Once your wetsuit is off, the first thing to put on is your helmet. Never touch your bike without wearing a helmet or you may be disqualified! Then its shoes, glasses, racebelt and then push your bike past the mount line and onto the bike course. Always listen to marshalls who will guide you when you can get on and off your bike. Again, riding your bike within the mount/dismount lines may end up in a penalty or disqualification so take note of these.
As soon as you come back to transition (T2), dismount your bike BEFORE the line and push it back to where it was racked originally. There you will safely put it back onto the rack, take your helmet on and go out for your run.
For there its plain-sailing the whole way back to the finish line and your well earnt medal!