Triathlon Novice Questions & Answers

Triathlon Novice questions & answers.
It is compulsory to wear the competition T-shirt?
No it is not compulsory to wear the event T-Shirt this year.

Where can I find a Triathlon Coach?
You can find a local triathlon coach via the British triathlon web site or local triathlon club.
 http://www.britishtriathlon.org/coaching/findacoach.php?category=/coaching or your Country federation web site.

Which triathlon event should I start with?                                                                                                                                             
You should start with a sprint triathlon 400-750m swim 20km bike 5km run. Learn what to do and what you need to practice before entering a longer Olympic distance triathlon.
Compare your position in swim bike and run and work on your weaknesses.

How do I know if I have been accepted?
You usually get e mail confirmations and should see your name on the competitors list in a few days. Payment accepted is usually enough to confirm that your entry has been processed.
I am not confident swimming with others.                                                                                                                                         
Consider a pool swim triathlon first that starts athletes off at intervals in each lane so you should only have 3-4 others in your lane.

Do I need to wear a swim cap?                                                                                                                                                            
All events usually require you to wear a swim cap. Different colours for different waves or lanes allows organizers and officials to recognize and keep track of you.
A number may be written on your cap to identify you.

Can I swim without a wet suit?                                                                                                                                                         
Each triathlon event has its own rules. Wetsuits are not allowed in pool swims but are allowed in open water.
Many organizers make it compulsory to wear a wet suit unless the water is too hot. Read race rules for exact details.

Can I use a mountain bike?                                                                                                                                                                    
Yes you can use a mountain bike during most triathlons although consider some slick smooth tyres to make it easier.
The longer the event the harder it will be when you run after using a mountain bike.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Will the roads be closed to other traffic in the triathlon?
Very few triathlons are on open roads closed to other traffic. Some events are on closed circuits consider these if you need to build up your confidence.
 
Do I need to wear a cycle helmet?                                                                                                                                                          
Yes all triathlons require you to wear a cycle helmet that has met the safety standards.  
 
Can I walk during the triathlon?                                                                                                                                                                           
Yes you can walk with your bike and during the run sections.

What about race numbers in the triathlon?                                                                                                                                              
A triathlon will give you either one race number that you attach to a race belt (elastic belt) and display on the back for the bike and swivel it round and display on the front for the run. If you are supplied 2 numbers you can then pin number to back for bike and front for run or use an elastic race belt. Always go to the race briefing for full last minute instructions.