Tomorrow I’m participating in my first triathlon of the year in Freetown, MA. Below is a checklist for my gear. This list is something I like to review before every race, just to make sure I’m prepared. I will actually lay everything out and have a printed version of the list in hand and will actually put check marks on this list next to each item as I pack them in my bag. Without a list, you may be surprised what you might forget. I now know of two stories where people were searching for extra bike helmets on race morning because they forgot them at home!
Also, here is a story about a women who forgot her bike shoes.
Please feel free to use the below list as a guide. Your gear my differ, but this may be good place to start.
I hope this helps!
Let me know if you have any questions,
USAT Membership Card – (don’t need one if you bought the $10 one day license)
Picture ID – needed for check in
Cliff Shot Blocks – electrolyte cubes
Wet Suit/swim suit/tri suit
Two pairs of goggles – one tinted for sunny days and one clear (I actually take about 5 pairs of googles)
Garmin GPS watch – fully charged the day before
Race Number Belt with nutrition pouch – If you don’t have one, get one. Safety pins will not suffice in a triathlon.
Bike – Chain cleaned and lubed the night before
Extra tire tube in post pouch with tire levers and CO2 cartridge and dispenser
Bike Pump – Always check tire pressure at the race site. Tires can lose 10% of PSI overnight.
Three water bottles filled with Vitalyte for the Bike
Aero bar drink container
Bike Helmet (make sure visor is clean)
Extra pair of shoelaces
socks – 2 pairs
2 plastic bags to keep things dry in the rain
T-Shirt – something dry and comfortable to wear after the race
Flip Flops – something dry and comfortable to wear after the race