Anyone can enter a triathlon. You just need some basic skills in each leg, a bike and a killer attitude. If you don’t feel comfortable with your swim leg, try a duathlon. If you’re not sure about the ride, give an aquathlon a go. There are plenty of events in Western Australia that include novice and enticer distances which are perfect for your first tri.
To participate in a triathlon all you need is a pair of bathers, a bike in roadworthy condition, a helmet and a pair of runners.
It is recommended that you begin training up to four weeks out from your first event. Many WA clubs run beginner courses for newcomers to the sport. These program teach you everything you need to know about preparing for your first event in a fun, supportive environment with like-minded people. To find out more, find your next courses here.
Don't be put off if you aren't confident in swimming, riding or running. Many people learn these skills later in life. Our Triathlon clubs are a hub of knowledge in pointing you in the right direction about where you can go locally to assist you with improving your confidence and skills.
Race day for anyone is a mixture of nerves, excitement and adrenaline, its easy to get swept away in the magic of an event and end up forgetting
something crucial! To avoid this, we recommend that you prepare your race day bag the night before and double check your kit to prepare for
the unexpected. Get to the race site with plenty of time so you can have a clear idea of what the course looks like and where you will need
to go. Many events provide a walk through (course familiarization) of the course in the lead up to the event. It is important to bring a bag
to your event with a change of clothes and some food as some events can take a while to finish and food facilities may not always be available.
All events (regardless if you have signed up in person or online) will require you to 'register' down on event site. This process is where you will tick your name off, receive your race pack and check your bike into transition. "Checking your bike in" refers to setting up your transition space. Remember when you check your bike in to transition to wear your helmet and have it clipped up. This helps the Technical Officials know that you have a helmet, that it is in good working order and suitable for racing.You are not allowed to take a bag, box or basket into transition so only take the absolute essentials that you will need for the cycle and run portions of the event. Bike racks are usually set up and labelled in age categories or race numbers. Please note that the transition area will close prior to the beginning of the event so don't be late and miss the cut off!
It is important to attend the pre-race briefing which is usually held at the start line just before the beginning of the event. This is where the Race Director will provide to you essential information you need to know about the event and any changes that may have occurred.
Most races will send you off in 'waves' or 'age groups' please carefully check what group you would be in prior to the event and know what time your group departs. Often waves will be sent off in age group blocks e.g. age 30-34 women
Once your race has finished you will need to wait until it is cleared by the Technical Official (TO) for transition to be open for you to collect your bike and be able to leave. Transition is kept closed until the last participant has started the run leg as a safety measure. Please note that this can often take some time after you have finished your race so please do plan your day accordingly.
We encourage you to stay around after your event. This is an opportunity to meet fellow beginners, make new friends, find out information about upcoming races or courses, learn more about the event and take part in the wonderful Triathlon community.