Within multisport, one of the key components is “Transition.”
Transitioning Takes Skill
The sport of changing from a swimmer, to a cyclist, and then from a cyclist to a runner. It is an art to do well, and the saying “You can’t win a race in transition, but you can certainly lose one.” always applies. However, transitions in multisport extend way beyond the “transition area.” Transitional phases encompass the entire race, in multisport, as well as in a si glee sport endurance event.
Transitions Are Demanding
A transition is nothing more than a connection between two different and distinct activities. Anything that is not straight, level, and constant speed is transitional. Within multisport endurance, we strive to maintain a steady state effort. Any surges result in excess energy expenditures. For instance in cycling, any time the elevation changes our energy demands change. Learning to master that transition results in less energy devoted to that task. Take the analogy of a home electrical system. Have you ever noticed the lights dimming when the A/C, kicks in. Or a power surge throughout the neighborhood kicking off your electricity for a while?
We want to avoid dimming, or power surges, that create black outs.
Transitions Are Everywhere
On the bike once again, coming into and out of corners equals a potential power surge. Passing, or drafting, another cyclist is a surge or lessening in power, headwinds, cross winds, tail winds, and you guessed it, the power surge zone, and a transitional phase to master.
Mastering transitions is the essence of racing well. The list of potential transitions is almost infinity plus 7. We need to not only master T1 and T2 but all the other, little transitions throughout a race.