Triathlon opportunity to transition into triathlete


By Mike DeCinti - Contributing columnist



Triathlons are all about transitions. During a typical race you transition from the swim to the bike and the bike to the run and you spend a lot of time in a “transition area.” But the biggest transition is what happens after you complete your first triathlon. You transition from a non-triathlete to a triathlete and transition from wondering if you could complete a race like this to knowing you can.

The 2016 Tri-Warriors Youth Triathlon is a perfect opportunity to transition into a triathlete.

If you’re still reading this article, I’m guessing you want to know more and you might even have a boy or girl aged 6 to 15 who would enjoy this event, but there are a few things you need to know. Online registration closes tonight at midnight, and mail in entries have to be sent no later than Monday. So the best thing to do after that is to print out an entry form from our website and bring it with you Friday night for our highly recommended pre-race meeting. Please visit www.triwarriors.com for more details.

The Friday night meeting is great for kids to learn more about what will happen on Saturday morning and for nervous parents to get all of their questions answered. Questions like: “Does my child change their clothes after the swim but before the bike?” or “Does my child need one of those fancy bikes to do this race?”

The answer to both those questions is no.

Or questions like “Six miles seems like a lot for my 11- to 15-year-old to ride their bike, do you think my child can do it?” or “Can my child walk if they get tired?”

The answer to both those i yes.

Here’s some more answers. Give yourself enough time race morning to set up and get ready. The transition area and check-in will open up at 6:30 a.m. You need enough time to find a parking spot, make your way to the race site, check-in, get your race bib, timing chip, have your body marked, set up your transition area and be out by 7:30 a.m..

Here’s what you must have to be able to race: bathing suit and goggles; bike and bike helmet; and socks and shoes.

Transitions can be scary, like puberty, marriage and having a child. But they can also be exciting and life changing, like transitioning into a triathlete and beginning a lifetime of healthy living.

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By Mike DeCinti

Contributing columnist

Mike DeCinti is the race director for the 2016 Tri-Warriors Youth Triathlon and transitioned into a triathlete 10 years ago and hasn’t looked back since.

Mike DeCinti is the race director for the 2016 Tri-Warriors Youth Triathlon and transitioned into a triathlete 10 years ago and hasn’t looked back since.

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