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:

-foam roller
-bike pump

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

-water bottle
-knee straps

-running belt (to put number on)

-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!


  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.

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

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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 :)

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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. . .