How To Win At Kids Triathlons: Transitions and Equipment Checklist
Most kids triathlons are held over pretty short distances and much of the total time of the event can be spent in transition if they don't practice it! The goal should be to have your kid complete the triathlon without any assistance. Not always easy to keep your hands off when your kid is struggling with cold hands and wet equipment!
Here a few tricks to make the transitions easier:
Elastic Laces - You don't want your kid to have to tie shoe laces in the transition from swim to bike! There are two options. Shoes with Velcro they can just slip on. Or buy or make some elastic laces that you can replace the normal laces with. A final tip. Sprinkle some sport powder in the shoe to avoid blisters. No time for socks!
Race Belt - Kids should plan to complete the triathlon in their bathers (whatever they swim in). They do need to wear a number during the bike and run. The solution is to attach a number to a race belt. Much quicker than putting a t-shirt on a wet body! Again, you could probably make one with elastic from the craft store but you can also get them online. May need to be modified for skinnier waists!
Here's a checklist of stuff you'll likely need to pack before you set off for your kids triathlon:
Necessary For All Types of Races:
Triathlon Racesuit or swimsuit
Swim cap - if the event doesn't give you one (most do)
Bike with spare tubes, pump attached
Race Belt with race number attached
Towel (to lay stuff on. Make it a colorful one to help find your bike!)
Powder (for inside of shoes to stop blisters. No socks!)
Optional or Sometimes Needed:
Wetsuit (if in cold open water)
Lubricant for wetsuit
Sunglasses if it's bright
Visor or hat if it's hot
Neoprene swim cap if the water's cold
Floor bike pump (because you can usually borrow one)