Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Triathlon Checklist

4 days until the triathlon! I did a sad attempt at a bike/run today which consisted of a 3 mile bike, what should have been a 1 mile run (but turned into less than a 1/2 mile because my shin was hurting and I had a side ache, but my knee was fine haha), and then another 3 mile bike back. This kicked my butt way more than it should have and I can only hope that I'll be more alive on Sunday morning to do the whole triathlon and not have to walk the entire running part! So since I am not really physically or mentally ready I thought it would be good to be prepared with the STUFF I need. I have to pack tomorrow night to get to the Cape right after work on Friday, which means I need to have all my stuff set to go. Please let me know if I'm forgetting anything!

Things I Need For:

Before:
-foam roller
-bike pump

Swim
-Trisuit
-Goggles
-Towel
-Swim cap (do they give me one? I am going to bring mine just in case)

Bike
-bike
-helmet
-water bottle
-sneakers
-socks
-sunglasses
-knee straps

Run
-running belt (to put number on)

After
-banana
-Advil
-knee icer


I think that's all. Let me know if I am forgetting anything I may want. Also, I am wondering what all of your opinion is on whether or not I need gels to eat during the race. I am hoping it takes me less than 2 hours. I was thinking I would not need anything, so therefore I haven't tested things out to see how they do with my stomach. However, at the triathlon store and running store they were both like, oh no you need something! I was thinking about putting a peeled banana in a bag at the transition area and eating it quickly while biking. The last thing I need is a stomach ache. I am planning to eat oatmeal and apple in the morning before the race, it will be about 2 hours before I start that I eat. I could have a banana right before the race but I don't know about eating right before swimming. These are things I probably would've worked out better if I had known I was going to do this triathlon all along. Oh boy!

14 comments:

  1. I usually take a gel about 30 minutes before the swim, and it does the trick to get that extra boost of energy. Good luck girl:) Coincidentally, I have a sprint tri too this Sunday lol.

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  2. Ooh, good luck on your tri!

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  3. Good luck Kelly! I am sure it will be a blast!

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  4. Good luck! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  5. I would bring the swim cap in case, but they'll probably give you one.
    Just a thought here: Are you going to rinse your feet of after the swim before you put your socks on? People will sometimes put a bucket filled with water in the trasition area along with a towel so they can rinse and the dry.
    Good luck! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  6. Sounds like you're prepared? What about body glide?

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  7. Good luck!!! I did a try-a-tri a few years ago, and I was so worried about forgetting things that I kept having nightmares about having an illegal helmet for weeks before the race!!! You will do great (and not forget anything) I am sure :)

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  8. Good luck! I bet you'll have so much adrenaline on the day of that any problems will just seem like no big deal.

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  9. wow it has come up so fast it seems! :) good luck this weekend!! hope your knee holds off for you so you can enjoy it and finish strong.

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  10. Good Luck Kelly! I'm sure you'll do great!

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  11. Good luck! I would bring flip flops for after; I always love taking my runners off after a race!
    I would love to hear how it goes. My hubby has started talking about triathalons. . .

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