What is a wave start?

Many triathlons with an open water swim (in a lake, ocean or river) will have wave starts. It is safer to start the athletes in waves rather than all at once. Waves are determined by age and gender. Athletes must go out in their assigned wave and wear the provided swim cap. If a participant begins the race in the incorrect wave, they will be disqualified. 

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1. What happens to my bike while I'm swimming and running?
2. What does transition mean?
3. What is a wave start?
4. What is it like to swim in open water?
5. Why do I have to race in the swim cap I was given?
6. I have a mountain bike. Is it OK to ride that?
7. Why is bike fit so important?
8. What is a race number belt?
9. Why is hydration so important?
10. Why can't I have someone pick up my packet?
11. What about refunds or credits?
12. What do I get in my packet?
13. Will the race be capped?
14. How early should I arrive?
15. What should I bring with me?
16. Can I listen to a music device while I am biking or running in the race?
17. Where are the pre/post race restrooms located?
18. Where is the start & finish line?
19. Will food and drink be available after the race?
20. Where will the Post-Race Party be?