I'm entering my first triathlon this spring and I would like know how much time I am likely to spend in the transition zones.
I am aiming to do a sprint triathlon and I have looked at the results for last year to try and gauge where I might finish. I know roughly what I can do for each event (adding on time for tiredness) but I have little idea of how long I might spend in the two transitions.
Is it typically about 2 minutes at each changeover, or is it much more. I appreciate that every event will be different and I can imagine some events the transition probably feels like an event in its own right - but what is usual?
One further question: how are the times measured for each event? Does the swim time end when you leave the pool or when you mount the bike, or somewhere in between? Similarly, in the cycle to run transition, where does the cycle time end?
I guess I'll find out soon enough - May - providing I get a place in the Tadcaster triathlon - but it would be good know in advance.
Any replies gratefully received.