The transition area is separated by gender and race distance. Getting there earlier will help choose the spot best for you. Most racers prefer to run more after the swim and less with their bikes, so a spot near the bike out is preferred.
Race start is based on waves which you will learn about on race morning. Try to pick a starting point on the beach that suits you. Strong swimmer, get a front position, average swimmer, pick something near the edges, if you are not a strong swimmer, take a spot at the back. The best advice for the nervous swimmer, rent a wetsuit from Xterra Wetsuit. You wont want to race again without one!
Watch other racers, especially those tall skinny people with the $5000 bikes, they know how to set up a transition area.
Start out at a reasonable pace, our bike course goes up for the first mile. Don't get too excited and max your heart rate out in the first mile. Relish in those you pass and ignore the ones that pass you
Starting conservative until your legs come back is best. Take advantage of the water stations.
General Race Day Tips:
Never eat or drink something on race day you haven’t tried in training. We use Hammer Gel and HEED sports drink at our aid stations.
There are several super sprint triathlons through out the state that occur before our race. Take advantage of these to perfect your transitions and build confidence.