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Full Triathlon Race Day Checklist

Full Triathlon Race Day Checklist

Diana Dovidna

Preparing for a triathlon requires meticulous planning to ensure you have everything you need on race day.

It is easy to get overwhelmed and forget something crucial, but don’t worry. Our comprehensive checklist will help you stay on top of everything.

Here, we’ve gathered together everything you need to help you stay organized before you reach the start line.

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Pre-Race Essentials

  • Ensure you have your race bib, timing chip, and any other race documents.
  • Pack your triathlon gear bag with a swim cap, goggles, bike helmet, bike shoes, running shoes, and any other necessary equipment.
  • Dress in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and pack any extra layers for before and after the race.
  • Prepare your pre-race nutrition, including snacks and hydration, and pack them in yourgear bag.
  • Shower and apply sunscreen, body glide, or any other necessary products before leaving.

Full Triathlon Race Day Checklist

Swim Leg Essentials

  1. Swimsuit
  2. Goggles. Bring two pairs of goggles in case one breaks.
  3. Swim cap. Check if the race provides one; if not, bring your own.
  4. Body glide. Apply lubricant to prevent chafing.
  5. Bring a towel to dry off after the swim.

Full Triathlon Race Day Checklist

Transition 1 (T1 – Swim to Bike)

  1. Pack a bag with all necessary items for T1.
  2. Lay out your cycling shoes, helmet, sunglasses, and any other bike accessories.
  3. Place any nutrition you’ll need for the bike leg in your transition bag.
  4. Have a small towel to wipe off excess water and sand.
  5. Apply sunscreen before heading out on the bike leg.
  6. Consider bringing an extra layer in case of cold weather.

Bike Leg Essentials

  1. Change in your tri suit.
  2. Ensure your bike is in good working condition and properly tuned.
  3. Double-check that your helmet meets safety standards and fits properly.
  4. Fill your water bottles and place them in their holders.
  5. Bring energy gels, bars, or electrolyte drinks for fuel.
  6. Pack a spare tube, tire levers, and mini-pump or CO2 cartridges for emergencies.
  7. Carry basic tools like multi-tools, and Allen wrenches for adjustments.

    Full Triathlon Race Day Checklist

Transition 2 (T2 – Bike to Run):

  1. Pack into transition bag items needed for T2: running shoes, visor or cap, and race belt.
  2. Bring any additional nutrition for the run leg.
  3. Reapply sunscreen if needed.
  4. Consider carrying a handheld water bottle or hydration pack for the run.
  5. Apply more lubricant if necessary.

Run Leg Essentials

  1. Running shoes.
  2. A hat or visor.
  3. Attach your race bib to a race belt for easy transition.
  4. Carry any additional nutrition needed for the run.
  5. Consider wearing compression socks or sleeves for support.
  6. Pack a change of clothes and sandals for post-race comfort.Full Triathlon Race Day Checklist

Other Race Day Essentials

  1. Write down any relevant medical information or allergies.
  2. Prepare a list of your emergency contacts.
  3. Keep your phone fully charged for communication and emergencies.

Post-Race Checklist

  1. Bring post-race snacks or a recovery drink.
  2. Pack comfortable clothes for post-race relaxation.
  3. Have a towel to dry off and clean up after the race.

Remember to review this checklist well in advance of race day to ensure you have everything you need. Happy racing!

Full Triathlon Race Day Checklist

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