Finding a bike
You can complete a triathlon on any type of bike, but if you plan on making competing in triathlons a long-term hobby, you may want to invest in a road bike, the most efficient type of bike for road racing, according to Beginnertriathlete.com.
Bikes can be pricy, but you don't have to spend a couple thousand dollars to successfully complete a triathlon. For a couple hundred dollars, you can find a decent road bike, and it doesn't necessarily need to be new. Check Craigslist.org to find a used bike in your area.
Rules of the road
USA Triathlon enforces cycling rules during races. Be prepared, and know them before you mount your bike.
- Helmets are required. Your helmet must be fastened at all times during the cycling leg of the race.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Keep three bike lengths between you and cyclist in front of you.
- Pass on the left of the cyclist, never on the right.
- Complete your pass within 15 seconds.
Your training will probably include riding on roads with traffic, so it is important to take safety precautions.
Some precautions to take, according to Livestrong.com:
- Ride defensively
- Always wear a helmet
- Wear visible clothing
- Carry an identification card
- Carry a tire-changing kit
The swim is complete, and you run to your transition area to prepare to mount your bike. Make the transition easier with these tips from Active.com.
Make sure your tires are pumped up to the correct pressure
The correct pressure is indicated on the side of the tire. You should put air in your tires each time you ride.
Don't sprint up hills and through the wind; you will just tire yourself out. Try to maintain a steady cadence throughout the entire leg of the race. You will need the energy for the run.
Hydrate and fuel up
Don't forget to hydrate throughout your race. It's easiest to hydrate while you ride, and you will need the energy boost for the run.