Tips To Get A Personal Best At The 2018 Benalla Triathlon

With the Benalla Triathlon only a week away, I thought I would share some tips to help get you to the finish line a bit quicker.

These are all very simple tricks, but they could literally shave minutes off your time if done well!

As always, never go into race day trying something new…practise before hand!

1) Baby Oil, Baby!

If you plan on using a wetsuit, one of the hassles of T1 is getting the damn thing off! If you rub baby oil on your shins, elbows and forearms before putting your wetsuit on, it can make your wetsuit slide off much easier.

If you don’t wear a wetsuit, you probably don’t need baby oil. Up to you!

Another common problem with tech-savvy triathletes is that many of us wear watches that are massive. This can also make taking the wetsuit a bit harder.

One tip is to cut a bit of the sleeve off your wetsuit, this will help you slide your arm out easier.

2) Get The Guns Out Going Into T1

Continuing with the wetsuit theme. Once you’re out of the water, try slipping your arms and upper body out of your wetsuit while you’re running into transition. This is faster than then taking the whole thing off at once when you’ve stopped moving.

3) Set Your Bike Up 

When you rack your bike in transition, attach your shoes to the pedals and use elastic bands to keep them still.

Then during the race when you run into transition, put your helmet on, grab your bike and get out of there!

When you mount your bike, start pedalling with your feet on top of your shoes, and then slip your feet in once you’re up to speed.

(there is a bit of a knack to this so practise it before the race, it could easily save you 30+seconds)

When approaching T2, do the opposite. Slip your feet out and pedal with them on top of your shoes so you can hit the ground running into T2

**apologies for the pictures above, my bike is filthy! Which brings me to my next point…


I honestly think a clean chain and gears can give you an extra 2-3 km per hour during the ride. That alone could take 2 minutes off your bike split. Bottom line… Clean your bike!

5) Elastic Laces

These are a must-have for any triathlete, they are cheap and available at most shoe stores. You’ll save heaps of time by not having to tie your laces. Bright colours make you go faster too!

Honourable Mentions:

These will also help you save time, or at least help you get through the race easier.

Sunscreen – 5pm in Benalla in the middle of summer is likely to be bloody hot. Be sun-smart, stay cool in the shade, and wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen

Shaving your legs – for all the non-believers who don’t think shaving your legs makes you go faster, here is a link:


Hopefully, these little tips help your race times! Good luck to everyone who is racing next Saturday.


**If you need some advice or a bit of a loosen up going into the race-day, Peak Sports Physiotherapy will be open in Benalla on Friday the 28th of December. Book online at




Todd Bird