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First-timer’s Guide to multi-sport

A big welcome to all newcomers to the wonderful sport of triathlon. We hope you enjoy your first race, whether in person with us or in a digital format, 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. It’s a good idea 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
swim run
Tri-suit or swimsuit true
T-shirt (if wearing a swim suit that doesn’t cover your chest) true
Goggles true
Event swim cap true
Drink bottle filled with water true true
Duathlon
bicycle run
Bicycle (borrow from a friend or hire for your first race!) true
Helmet true
Shoes true true
Tri suit, or bike shorts and t-shirt true true
Drink bottle filled with water true true
Triathlon
swim bicycle run
Tri-suit or swimsuit true
T-shirt (if wearing a swimsuit that doesn’t cover your chest) true true
Event swim cap true
Goggles true
Bicycle true
Helmet true
Shoes true true
Drink bottle filled with water true true true

Optional: socks, cap, sunglasses, gels

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 out more here .

Pre-race

  • Read the race prep information that will hit your inbox in the days preceding the race to ensure you are aware of all race particulars
  • Book your racing timeslot in advance
  • Consider warming-up prior to entering the venue
  • Arrive at the venue at your allocated time
  • Adhere to all safe distancing measures
  • Collect your race pack and enter the transition area
  • Find the spot with your race number and set-up your gear. Everything you need for your run (shoes, shirt, race number, hat, sunglasses) should be left in transition. Swim goggles and cap need to come with you to the start!
  • Apply sunscreen!
  • Place your bag in the bag deposit
  • Head to the swim start!

Swim

  • Wait for your allocated time slot. You will be called to the line when it’s time.
  • 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
  • Wait for the official to signal that it is your turn to start
  • 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
  • Take a cup of water from the drink stations

Finish

  • Smile as you cross the line!
  • Collect your finisher medal and a bottle of water
  • Remove and return your timing chip
  • Collect your bag from bag deposit, then return to the transition area to retrieve your belongings and leave the venue.

Pre-race

  • Read the race prep information that will hit your inbox in the days preceding the race to ensure you are aware of all race particulars
  • Book your racing timeslot in advance
  • Consider warming-up prior to entering the venue
  • Arrive at the venue at your allocated time
  • Adhere to all safe distancing measures
  • Collect your race pack and enter the transition area
  • 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).
  • Apply sunscreen!
  • 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
  • Head to the race start!

Run 1

  • Wait for your allocated time slot. You will be called to the line when it’s your time.
  • 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.
  • Wait for the official to signal that it is your turn to start
  • After the start, follow the course signage and volunteer instructions

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 OUT” 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 cyclists in front of you (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 (unless you are overtaking)
  • After your required number of laps, dismount your bike at the yellow “dismount” line
  • Push your bike back to the transition area

Transition 2

  • Keep your helmet on until you have racked your bike back at your numbered bike spot
  • Rack your bike and remove your helmet (in this order!)
  • 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!
  • Collect your medal and bottle of water
  • Remove and return your timing chip
  • Collect your bag from bag deposit, then return to the transition area to retrieve your belongings and leave the venue.

Pre-race

  • Read the race prep information that will hit your inbox in the days preceding the race to ensure you are aware of all race particulars
  • Book your racing timeslot in advance
  • Consider warming-up prior to entering the venue
  • Arrive at the venue at your allocated time
  • Adhere to all safe distancing measures
  • Collect your race pack and enter the transition area
  • 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 and run legs should remain in transition (shoes, helmet, race number, shirt, hat, sunglasses) should be left in transition. Swim goggles and cap need to come with you to the start!
  • Apply sunscreen!
  • Place your bag in the bag deposit
  • Head to the swim start!

Swim

  • Wait for your allocated time slot. You will be called to the line when it’s time.
  • 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
  • Wait for the official to signal that it is your turn to start
  • 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 (unless you are overtaking)
  • After your required number of laps, dismount your bike at the yellow “dismount” line
  • Push your bike back to the transition area

Transition 2

  • Keep your helmet on until you have racked your bike back at your numbered bike spot
  • Rack your bike and remove your helmet (in this order!)
  • 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
  • Take a cup of water from the drink stations
  • At the completion of your run, look for the sign that says “Finish”

Finish

  • Smile as you cross the line!
  • Collect your medal and a bottle of water
  • Remove and return your timing chip
  • Collect your bag from bag deposit, then return to the transition area to retrieve your belongings and leave the venue.

In addition to the above tips, please take note of the following:

Pre-race

  • Read the race announcements emails that will hit your inbox in the days preceding the race to ensure you are aware of all race information
  • Ensure you choose your start time-slot. If your plans change you can amend the time slot in your registration.
  • Download the racing app onto your smartphone and complete the onboarding process (details to be shared soon)
  • Prepare all gear required for your race, see “Gear Up” section earlier on this page.
  • Bring enough fluids to keep yourself well hydrated during pre- and post-event.
  • Complete a short warm-up to loosen your muscles and get your heart moving

Race start

  • Head to the starting point
  • Press the “start countdown” button on the racing app to begin recording your race
  • Follow the audio instructions to direct you as you complete the course
  • Pace yourself and remember to drink from your drink bottles along the way!

Finish

  • You don’t need to press stop on the App, it will advise you and cease timing once you reach the finish marker 
  • Your race data will be automatically saved and uploaded
  • Pat yourself on the back for finishing your first (albeit digital) race!

Triathlon clothing

  • Decathlon: Great for reasonably priced triathlon clothing and accessories. There are five stores in Singapore.
  • Key Power: With two stores around Singapore, they have a large range of Pearl Izumi and 2XU triathlon clothing, Brooks shoes and all sorts of goggles, nutrition and accessories.
  • Running Lab: 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.

Shoes

If you’re looking for a new pair of running shoes then look no further than Decathlon and Queensway Shopping Centre.  

Nutrition

  • Decathlon: Great for reasonably priced triathlon clothing and accessories. There are three stores in Singapore.
  • PURE 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.

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 on your first bike!

  • Decathlon: Great for reasonably priced triathlon clothing and accessories. There are three stores in Singapore.
  • Bike Haus: 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.
  • Rodalink: An online bike store selling road, mountain and kids bikes (perfect if you don’t feel like leaving home to buy a bike!)
  • KH Cycle: Check out the European bicycle brands in stock and a great race of accessories.
  • Cannasia: 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!
  • Treknology: There are over 400 Trek bikes for you to choose from across their four showrooms, plus lots of accessories.
  • Tay Junction: 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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