Triathlons take a lot of gear. As a beginner, this can be overwhelming. As you collect gear, it can quickly become a fun aspect of the sport. Your exact checklist for a triathlon may vary. But, there are a few necessities and things you cannot forget. Here is my pre-race checklist for triathlons of all distances!
Hydration (bottles, water, electrolytes, etc)
Nutrition (all fuels needed during pre/during/post race)
Flashlight (most tris start before sunrise!)
Now, what should you be leaving in your transition area?
Bib for run (bib on a bib belt)
Hydration bottles on bike
Nutrition on Bike
Towel (used as mat for all gear)
Extra nutrition and hydration
Here are a few things you need to remember for race day:
Numbers on Body
Numbers on Helmet
Numbers on Bike
Bib on bib Belt
Now that the race is over, don’t just stand around all morning in your tri gear! Be comfortable to watch other finish the race and wait for awards!
Change of clothes
Change of shoes
Sean Spire is the Head Coach of ASL. He was a competitive swimmer turned runner turned triathlete. He has his BS in Exercise Science from Florida State University and is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA.