Frequently Asked Questions


What do I wear/need?

· Swim: Bathers or Tri Suit, Wet suit (temperature depending), goggles, swim cap
· Cycle: Bike, helmet, shoes, sunglasses, water bottle, nutrition/gels, pump (Note: track pumps need to removed from transition before the race starts)
· Run: Shoes, hat, towel, sunglasses, running top (no bare upper torsos allowed)


What fitness level is required?

Triathlons cater for varying levels of fitness and there are different types of events at different distances to suit all abilities. You do not need to have an elite sporting background, as long as you can train to a level where you are comfortable that you can complete around an hour of moderate exercise, then you are ready to take on a race! Check out the Events page for details of what events are on offer at this years YMMF.


Can I compete in two of the three legs?

Yes, if you enter the race as a team you can find a teammate to complete one of two legs for you. Two people can make up any of the three legs of the Triathlon.Alternatively, you may enjoy competing in a Duathlon, which includes a Run-Bike-Run or an Aquathlon event which includes a Run-Swim-Run. 


How long before my race do I arrive?

Plan to arrive at your first race with plenty of time, which generally means at least an hour before the race start time. Transition closes before the first wave start. Check the race information to find out what time you need to register and what time transition opens for you to rack your bike and set your gear up and especially what time it closes! Where possible attend the pre-race briefing where you will find out if there have been any changes made to the course or if there are any particular things to look out for during that race (turning areas, obstacles, etc).


Do I get changed in transition in the bike compound?

Yes. Most triathletes will ‘swim, ride and run’ in the same outfit and change only the bare essentials to save time in transition! (This for most competitors means wearing their race gear under their wet suit) You may not be so concerned with this in your first few races so take the time to do whatever you need to be comfortable … extra clothing if it’s cold, extra bike knicks for comfort, etc). If this is the case be prepared and have any clothing changes well-rehearsed (practice at home or in training).


How does transition work?

Before the race there will be a designated time frame for you to enter transition, rack you bike and lay out your equipment. Check the race organiser’s time line to find out this time. When you set up your gear before the race, take the time to note a land mark, rack number, or other distinguishing feature so you can easily find your bike. Identify how you'll move through transition to the exit.


Do Triathlon’s have rules?

Yes, the rules of triathlon can be found on the Triathlon Australia Race Competition Rules document.


I am not a very strong swimmer and feeling nervous, what do I do?

If you're nervous about the swim leg, position yourself towards the back of your start group. This will keep you out of the ‘traffic’ of the start and allow you some clean space. It can be useful to swim breaststroke which may make your breathing a little easier and allow you to keep track of the next buoy you are aiming for.


What happens if I get into trouble in the swim leg?

If you need assistance, put your hand up for one of the water safety personnel to assist. You may rest on their board or boat, as long as they don't propel you forward on the course. If they need to transport you to ‘safety’ it is at the race director’s discretion as to whether you be allowed to re-enter the race once the final swimmer (of your category) has exited the water.


What do I do with my goggles after the swim?

When you exit the water, don't throw your goggles or cap on the ground or hand it to a friend in the crowd. Run with it into transition and place it in your transition area. 


Can I walk part of the run?

Yes. You can walk at any time during the event and often walking through the ‘drink stations’ will help to ensure that you maintain your fluids and nutrition.


What are Jelly Legs?

The term ‘Jelly Legs’ refers to the feeling in your legs when you get off the bike and start running. If you can practice a short jog after one of your bike sessions during training so you are familiar with this sensation and you’ll find that you will adapt to the bike / run transition.


What do I do after the race? 

Drink water and refuel. Celebrate and tell tales of your achievement! When the last cyclist is back in transition, you'll be able to collect your bike and gear. Attend your race presentation and congratulate all of your competitors.


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