First-timer's Guide - Metasprint Series
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First-timer’s Guide

FIRST TIMERS GUIDE TO MULTI-SPORT

 

A big welcome to all newcomers to the wonderful sport of triathlon.  We hope you enjoy your first race, and that you want to continue experiencing the satisfaction and exhilaration for many years to come.

 

It can all seem a little overwhelming to begin with, there is new kit to wear, shoes to choose, and funny things called gels to consume.  Let us help guide you so you have just what you need for a successful first race!

GEAR UP!

 

So what gear do you need to compete in a MetaSprint Series event?

 

Check out our table below according to which event you will compete in.  Try to borrow items from a friend while you get started in the sport!  But if you would like to purchase your own then keep reading for our recommended retailers!

Aquathlon

  • Tri-suit or swimsuit
  • T-shirt (if wearing a swim suit that doesn’t cover your chest)
  • Goggles
  • Running shoes
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses

Duathlon

  • Bicycle (borrow from a friend or hire for your first race!)
  • Helmet
  • Running shoes
  • Tri suit, or bike shorts and t-shirt
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses

Triathlon

  • Tri-suit or swimsuit
  • T-shirt (if wearing a swimsuit that doesn’t cover your chest)
  • Goggles
  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Running shoes
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
Training

A reasonable level of fitness will help ease your nerves going into the race.  You don’t need to train every day, a couple of times a week will do.  You’ll feel good going into the race if you have done the distance in training.  So once you have entered, look at the distances of each leg of the race and try to do some training of the same length.  It doesn’t have to be all at once!  You can swim one day, and run another.

 

If you would like some guidance, MetaSport have weekly coached sessions.  These are group sessions that are lots of fun, with an experienced coach to give you tips and feedback.  Check out our MetaSport training page for more information!

 

We will also be holding clinics prior to the race. These are great to learn tips and tricks that will give you confidence on race day. There are numerous clinics covering swimming, cycling, running and a combination of all of these!  Find our more here .

Aquathlon: race day procedure

Pre-race

  • Read the e-Briefing that will hit your inbox in the days preceeding the race to ensure you are aware of all race information
  • Arrive at the venue at least one hour prior to your wave start time
  • Apply sunscreen!
  • Go to the body numbering tent and have your race number stamped on your arms
  • Head to transition, find the spot with your race number and set-up your gear. Running shoes, t-shirt, hat and sunglasses should be left in transition. Swim goggles and cap need to come with you to the start!
  • Place your bag in the bag deposit
  • Head to the swim start!

Swim

  • Wait for your wave number to be called (it is also shown on the start pillar!)
  • Choose a spot to start, if you are a strong swimmer you may choose to start at the front, if you are not a confident swimmer then we recommend starting at the rear or side
  • Stretch, relax and get ready for a fun time!
  • Wait for the starter to fire the horn
  • Enter the water and enjoy your swim

Transition

  • After exiting the swim, follow the marshals directions and run to the transition area
  • Locate your numbered spot
  • Remove your swim cap and goggles, drop them in your numbered spot
  • Put on your running shoes, t-shirt (if necessary), race number (either on your t-shirt or attached to a race number belt)
  • Look for the run exit sign and head that direction towards the run course

Run

  • Follow the direction signs and marshals instructions as you run along the course
  • Pace yourself and remember to drink at aid stations!

Finish

  • Smile as you cross the line!
  • Volunteers will present you with your medal
  • If you are a 3-in-1 athlete you will be able to keep your timing chip
  • If you are an Aquathlon athlete the volunteers will remove your timing chip
  • Walk to the finish line drink station to get a refreshing cold drink!
  • Relax in the festival area and savour the feeling of accomplishment!
Duathlon: race day procedure

Pre-race

  • Read the e-Briefing that will hit your inbox in the days preceeding the race to ensure you are aware of all race information
  • Arrive at the venue at least one hour prior to your wave start time
  • Apply sunscreen!
  • Head to transition, find the rack with your race number and place your bike on the rack
  • Set-up your gear on the ground beside your bike. All items for the cycle leg should remain in transition (cycling shoes, helmet,  sunglasses etc).
  • Wear all items you need for the run to the start line (running shoes, race number, hat etc)
  • Place your bag in the bag deposit
  • Go for a warm-up jog and stretch
  • Head to the race start!

Run 1

  • Wait for your wave number to be called (it is also shown on the start pillar!)
  • Choose a spot to start, if you are a strong runner you may choose to start at the front, if you are not as strong in running then we recommend starting at the rear or side
  • Relax and get ready for a fun time!
  • Wait for the starter advise you of the race start and to fire the horn
  • After the start, follow the course signage and volunteers
  • Be sure to drink and cool down at each aid station

Transition 1

  • After completing the first run, follow the marshals directions and run to the transition area
  • Locate your numbered bike rack
  • Put on your helmet (and sunglasses if necessary)
  • Either keep on your running shoes, or put on your cycling shoes
  • Remember to keep your race number on (either on your t-shirt or attached to a race number belt)
  • Look for the bike exit sign and push your bike in that direction towards the bike course
  • Wait until you see the yellow bike mount line and marshals prior to riding your bike

Cycle

  • Ride on the left side of the road
  • Pass on the right side of the road (yell “passing” so your fellow cyclist is aware you are coming)
  • Remember to count your laps
  • Stay at least 5 metres behind the cyclist in front of you at all times
  • After your required number of laps, dismount your bike at the yellow “dismount” line
  • Push your bike back to the transiton area

Transition 2

  • Keep your helmet on until you have racked your bike back at your numbered bike spot
  • Remove your helmet
  • Put on your running shoes
  • Look for the “Run Out” sign and head that direction

Run 2

  • Follow the direction signs and marshals instructions as you run along the course (the route will be the same as the first run leg!)
  • Pace yourself and remember to drink at aid stations!
  • Look for the sign that says “Finish”

Finish

  • Smile as you cross the line!
  • Volunteers will present you with your medal
  • If you are a 3-in-1 athlete you will be able to keep your timing chip
  • If you are an Duathlon athlete the volunteers will remove your timing chip
  • Walk to the finish line drink station to get a refreshing cold drink!
  • Relax in the festival area and savour the feeling of accomplishment!
Triathlon: race day procedure

Pre-race

  • Read the e-Briefing that will hit your inbox in the days preceeding the race to ensure you are aware of all race information
  • Arrive at the venue at least one hour prior to your wave start time
  • Apply sunscreen!
  • Go to the body numbering tent and have your race number stamped on your arms
  • Head to transition, find the rack with your race number and rack your bike
  • Set-up your gear: cycling shoes, helmet, running shoes, t-shirt, hat and sunglasses should be left in transition. Swim goggles and cap need to come with you to the start line!
  • Place your bag in the bag deposit
  • Head to the swim start!

Swim

  • Wait for your wave number to be called (it is also shown on the start pillar!)
  • Choose a spot to start, if you are a strong swimmer you may choose to start at the front, if you are not a confident swimmer then we recommend starting at the rear or side
  • Stretch, relax and get ready for a fun time!
  • Wait for the starter to fire the horn
  • Enter the water and enjoy your swim

Transition 1

  • After completing the swim, follow the marshals directions and run to the transition area
  • Locate your numbered bike rack
  • Put on your helmet (and sunglasses if necessary)
  • Put on your running shoes (or cycling shoes if you have them!)
  • Put on your race number (either pinned on your t-shirt or attached to a race number belt)
  • Put on a t-shirt if you have a bare torso
  • Look for the bike exit sign and push your bike in that direction towards the bike course
  • Wait until you see the yellow bike mount line and marshals prior to riding your bike

Cycle

  • Ride on the left side of the road
  • Pass on the right side of other cyclists (yell “passing” so your fellow cyclist is aware you are coming)
  • Remember to count your laps
  • Stay at least 5 metres behind the cyclist in front of you at all times
  • After your required number of laps, dismount your bike at the yellow “dismount” line
  • Push your bike back to the transiton area

Transition

  • Keep your helmet on until you have racked your bike back at your numbered bike spot
  • Remove your helmet
  • Put on your running shoes
  • Look for the “Run Out” sign and head that direction

Run 2

  • Follow the direction signs and marshals instructions as you run along the course
  • Pace yourself and remember to drink at aid stations!
  • At the completion of your run, look for the sign that says “Finish”

Finish

  • Smile as you cross the line!
  • Volunteers will present you with your medal
  • A volunteer will remove your timing chip
  • Walk to the finish line drink station to get a refreshing cold drink!
  • Relax in the festival area and savour the feeling of accomplishment!
Where to find the best gear in town for your race!

Triathlon clothing

They stock Zoot triathlon clothing, Under Armour, North Face and Skins plus a large range of shoes and nutrition. Check them out for their running gait analysis and have fun browsing through all the racks of accessories.

With three stores around Singapore, they have a large range of 2XU triathlon clothing, Brooks shoes and all sorts of goggles, nutrition and accessories.

 

Shoes

If you’re looking for a new pair of running shoes then look no further than Queensway Shopping Centre.  There are four floors of sports retailers with all the big brands.

https://www.queenswayshoppingcentre.sg/

 

Nutrition

A New Zealand brand that uses only natural ingredients with no added colours or preservatives, and it tastes great!  Check out to see the list of stockists.

 

Leppin has a great range of nutrition products for all your athletic endeavours. Order online and it can be shipped direct to your door.

For other nutrition brands you can visit Key Power, Running Lab, or try the many bicycle stores around who all stock nutrition items.

 

Bikes

There are numerous bike stores in Singapore, here are a few of our favourites if you’re looking for a new bike, or a mechanic to polish up your old one! Also, don’t spend too much for an entry level bike!

With its store on Bukit Timah Road and friendly staff it’s a great place to find your first bike. They stock Felt, Stock and folding bikes.

Great for reasonably priced entry level bikes (under $1000) and accessories. There are three stores in Singapore.

  • Fabs Cycle http://fabscycle.com/

Great bike shop in China Square Central that stocks Boardman, Cinelli, Wilier and can also custom make a bike for you if that’s your style.

An online bike store selling road, mountain and kids bikes (perfect if you don’t feel like leaving home to buy a bike!)

Check out the European bicycle brands in stock and a great race of accessories.

If it’s a Cannondale bike you want then look no further! Lots of shiny models in their two stores to get you more than excited!

There are over 400 Trek bikes for you to choose from across their four showrooms, plus lots of accessories.

Stocking Specialized brand bikes with road, mountain and kids models, it’s a sleek bike shop that’s worth a visit!

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