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Triathlon Practice Tips

Tri-Tips

by Lauren Ganes, Marathon Coordinator

Race Day Checklist and Practicing for Your Race

Ready, Set, Go!
Ready, Set, Go!

You have practiced swimming, biking, running BRICKS and the transitions, now what happens on race day?

When you arrive you will see rows and rows of bike racks.  Look around and get familiar with the site, noting the transitions areas where you come out of the water, where you exit to begin your bike ride, and where you exit to begin the run.  And of course look to see where the finish line is.  Now:

  1.  Place your bike on a rack, with your helmet hanging from your bike handle.  (If you wear glasses, place them in a glass case in your helmet).
  2. If you brought a balloon, tie it to the bike rack next to your bike.
  3. Set up your towel, shoes (and maybe sox), shorts and shirt, water bottle, and or dishpan for water to clean your feet, or bucket beneath your bike.  If you use a bucket you can turn it over to sit on it if needed, to put on your shoes. (You use the dishpan or bucket to carry your gear from the car to the bike set-up area)
  4. Now go get your bib and the tags for your helmet and bike. And be prepared to have your body marked with your bib number and maybe your age on your arms and legs.
  5. Leave your valuables, except your car keys, locked in your car.

Here is the packing list:

Pre Race:
o   Gear Bag
o   Sunscreen
o   Lip balm
o   Warm clothes or rain gear
o   Garbage Bag for rain
o   Pre race snack

Swim:
o   Tinted goggles
o   Swim top or suit
o   Swim shorts or suit
o   Towel
o   Timing chip with Velcro strap (provided at race)
o   Optional: wet suit and goggle defogger

Transition 1
o   Towel
o   Race belt or pins for Bib; or shorts with bib already pinned on

Bike:
o   Helmet
o   Shoes/sox
o   Bike
o   Bike tools
o   Frame pump
o   Glasses
o   Bike frame number
o   Water bottle
o   Optional: cycling gloves

Transition 2
o   Water
o   Fuel Food

Run:
o   Hat or visor
o   Optional:  elastic laces

Post Race:
o   Fresh Clothes
o   Personal items: comb, sunscreen
o   Garbage bag for wet clothes
o   Cash

Now you are ready to put the pieces together so that you will know what to expect on race day.