This Sunday will be the fourth and final race of the Headfirst Performance Shelbyville Sprint Triathlon Series. Instead of doing a typical race preview post, I thought that it might be useful to go over all of the items that I will take to the race.
I’m a list maker. I don’t necessarily make lists because I would forget something, but I make them because I would think that I was forgetting something. Maybe it’s my engineering background or maybe it’s by Type A personality, but if I’m not 100% sure that I have everything I need going into a race, I will be a nervous wreck. So years ago, when I first started doing triathlons, I created a check list. I have one for Sprint Distance, one for Olympic Distance/Half-Ironman and one for Ironman Distance. Now that you are thinking “this dude is a huge nerd”, I’ll share my Sprint Distance list with you.
I have each list broken into five sections. Swim Items, Bike Items, Run Items, Clothing Items and Miscellaneous Items.
- Spare Goggles (I keep these in my bag and only use them if I have a strap break on my main pair or if they leak like crazy during the swim warm-up)
- Wetsuit (optional)
- Plastic Bag to put wetsuit in after the race (optional)
- Body Glide (I put this on my neck, wrists and ankles when wearing a wetsuit – I’ll still put it on my ankle around my timing chip for non-wetsuit races)
- Take off wedding ring (I would really hate to lose my ring at the bottom of a random lake or river)
- Bike (sounds obvious, but the obvious things are usually the ones that you forget)
- Bike Shoes
- Rubber bands (to hold shoes in place on bike – see photo to the right)
- Pump (for a quick fill-up while setting up transition)
- Socks (optional for sprint races)
- Flat tire kit (spare tube, CO2 cartridge and applicator)
- Baby Powder (to put in shoes when I choose not to wear socks)
- Gum (I have to have gum when I ride or run to keep my mouth from getting dry)
- Tape (small piece to tape a piece of gum to my top tube)
- Hat (only if I know it’s going to be sunny or raining)
- Running shoes with speed laces
- Spare socks (if it’s raining, I’ll want a dry pair to put on after the bike)
- Sunglasses (my bike helmet has a face shield, so I’ll only need these for the run)
- Flip Flops (for walking around before and after the race)
- Post race clothing (clean dry clothes to change into)
- Singlet (or whatever I’m planning to race in)
- Towel (I really only need this if I have to run through sand or dirt after the swim – I’ll put it in T1 to wipe my feet off)
- Race Confirmation letter/email (if packet pick-up is race morning, it’s a good idea to have this just in case they don’t have you on their list)
- Driver’s License and USAT card (same reason as above)
- Pre-Race Nutrition (usually just a gel for a Sprint race)
- Watch (can’t forget my Garmin – how else would I be able to chart all of my data???)
- Timing Chip & Bib Number (if packet pick-up is not race morning)
- Race Number belt
So that’s my list. I’ve added things over the years and I’m sure I will add something else at some point…maybe BENGAY once I hit that 45-49 Age Group! If you have any other things that you like to include that you don’t see here, let me know. Good luck and hope this helps!
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