courtesy of Mike Waldner
It’s the morning of the big day. Your first triathlon will be said and done, in the books, in just a few hours. Or maybe you’ll have your 131st triathlon under your race belt in a few hours. Regardless of if you’re looking at your first race or your hundred and thirty-first, little can quell that pit-in-the-bottom-of-your-stomach feeling that accompanies race jitters.
Except maybe a checklist.
Triathletes are known for being type-A beings. They have plans, and they like results. The gear checklist has the potential to eliminate unnecessary stress the night before a race and the morning of a race. Below you’ll find our favorite checklist here at SD Tri News. Feel free to print it off and modify it as needed:
Before the Race:
- Wallet, cash, food to eat on way to event,
- USAT Membership card (if you are a member)
- Photo ID/License for proof of age
- MP3 Player
- Race Information (from Website)
- Race Distances, Course maps, Maps to location, Addresses, Start times etc.
–Race packet pickup is either the day before the race or the day of
–Race Chip – should be in the packet – don’t forget it!
–Race Belt (Pin the number from the race packet to the belt )
–Numbers from packet
–Helmet and bike numbers (sometimes races have these, and sometimes they don’t)
–Shorts and top
- One to stand on in your transition area
- One to dry your feet off before you put your bike shoes on
- You might want one more for afterwards to dry and wipe away the sweat (if you work hard enough)
–Tub for washing sand off your feet (Optional) I don’t use one – waste of time
–Plastic bag to cover your transition area in case it rains
–To keep warm the morning before – esp. if you know it is going to be cool early in the morning
–Hooded sweat shirt/top
–And/or long sleeved shirt
–Misc: Sunscreen, First Aid, medicine, aspirin, etc.
–Triathlon top if you plan on wearing during the swim (not an option for you ladies)
–Goggles (It is a good idea to have another pair just in case you break your first pair at the starting line.)
–Most races (outdoors) will require you wear one. If so, you will find it in your race packet
–Ear plugs (if you use/need them)
–Wetsuit (not always required)
–Body glide (This is if you use a wetsuit as it will chaff around your arms/shoulders. Make sure it is a brand that will not ruin the wetsuit.)
–Bike (always a good thing to have and remember!)
–Floor bike pump
–Bike gloves – if you use them
–Helmet (This is required, don’t forget it!)
–Sunglasses (It is a good idea to have another pair just in case you break the first pair.)
–Socks (Might want to bring another pair for longer races.)
–Change of clothes for longer Ironman races – like full Ironmans
ON THE BIKE
–Bike shoes (Clip them to the peddles of your bike.)
–Bottles of water and/or energy drinks
–Energy bars and gels
–Any other food items you prefer.
–Race number for bike ( Should have been in your race packet )
–Bandana – if you need one – typically for longer races
–Running shoes (with zip ties already in them)
–Running hat or sweat band
–Energy bars and gels
–Any other food items you prefer
–Socks (if you are changing them for longer races)
–Race belt / Running Number (Make sure you put it on – and the number from your race packet)
–Dry clean clothes to change into
–Dry shoes or sandals to wear. You don’t want to wear your sweaty running shoes.
–Soap/towel etc. for showering
–Beverages and food – cuz hot dogs just don’t cut it! 😉
–Don’t rely on the event to have food you want/need to eat
Other possible items / misc:
–First Aid Kit (Be Prepared!)
–Tools/bike repair stuff
–1 spare tube and/or 1 tire patch kit
–2 CO2 threaded canisters for pumping up tire
–1 multi tool/Allen wrench set, Chain lube Rags
–On the longer races – you might want to carry some of this stuff with you on your bike. In the sprint TRI’s if you get a flat tire, well then, your day is pretty much over, enjoy the T3 and focus on the next event.
–A few other items that can help are:
- Black marker
- Rubber bands
- Ziploc bags
- Tape (duck, electrical, athletic, clear tape to tape your number to your bike)
- Spare pins
- First Aid kit
- Kleenex, if no TP in port-a-potties
–Blanket – you might as well sit down, kick back and enjoy – but be ready when they come in for the transition!
–Outdoor games that will not interfere with any of the participants while you wait (Football / Frisbee)
–Nutrition for yourself: food, snacks, water (just bring more) etc.
–Lawn chair if you’re getting fancy.
–Watch: To time the competitors – so you will know about when they will be coming in for the transitions
–Cowbell: because your voice will just blend in with those around you. The cowbell, everyone can hear that.