Thursday, April 19, 2018


Accelerating your Transitions!- Part 1: Setting Up

I'm only too conscious that beginners offering advice to beginners can be a dangerous thing, but recently I've been asked a couple of times to give some guidance to fellow triathlon wannabes on how to speed up the transition from swim to bike, and from bike to run.

Initially I was reluctant to hold myself up as a good role model, but looking at my 2011 races so far, I do seem to be among the quickest in both T1 and T2, so maybe I have managed to stumble on a recipe for some level of success.

Semi-flying mounts & flying dismounts

Mastering the bike mount and dismount!

I often refer in my race reports to what I call my ‘semi-flying’ bike mount out of T1 and a ‘flying’ dismount from the bike into T2.  A lot of people have asked me what is meant by these terms, so I thought it might be worth a quick explanation.

But first of all, let’s put in the usual ‘Matt Fisher’ caveats… This is how I do it, not necessarily the right way to do it!  My method works for me, but I take no responsibility for any stumbles, tumbles, cuts or bruises you may suffer while practising what you read below!

Race Day Dos and Don'ts!

Gearing up for your first triathlon in 2011?  Here are some thoughts and tips learned through my personal experience of a first year's racing in 2010.  Hopefully you'll have a chance to learn from my mistakes and have a great start to your racing season!

Race nutrition for Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons

Something that regularly occupies the minds of novice triathletes as they gear up for their early races (and I should know, it wasn't that long ago that I was one myself!) is what to do with regards to pre and in-race nutrition.  So I thought I'd take a few moments to share my experiences, what has and hasn't worked for me.

But first, let’s get the caveats out of the way.  The following advice is aimed squarely at shorter distance races – if you’re looking at a half or full Ironman you need specialist advice tailored to you (taking into account your body weight, fat mass, metabolic rate etc).

But if you’re gearing up for a Sprint or Olympic distance race, the following should stand you in good stead!

Cheap Speed – Tips for a faster bike

BikeWe all know that triathlon is an expensive sport. If we’re honest, the appeal lies at least partly in the shiny kit and we love to satisfy our ‘inner geeks’. We part with hard-earned cash in the hope that the latest gizmo will shave another couple of seconds off our splits and lead us towards that lifetime best performance. In swimming, we look at new wetsuits and training aids; on the run it’s all about the trainers and perhaps the odd penchant for compression gear.

But it’s the cycle leg that will really drain your bank account. I’m not going to go into any detail about the advantages of a TT bike over a ‘standard’ road bike, or carbon over alloy. But there are a number of ways – varying in cost – which can certainly help you achieve that personal best in the bike split.

For those of you starting out in triathlon, here are just a handful of examples that might help, roughly in order of expense.

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