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Tri Gear Checklist: Comprehensive Race Day Checklist

Tri Gear Checklist: Comprehensive Race Day Checklist

Diana Dovidna

Get ready to tackle race day like a pro with our ultimate triathlon checklist!

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or diving into your first race, this guide has everything you need to gear up and conquer the course.

From swim caps to bike shoes, we’ve got you covered every step of the way.

So, let’s dive in, gear up, and get ready to crush those swim, bike, and run legs with confidence!

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Swim Gear

Triathlon swim leg essentials include:


A wetsuit provides buoyancy and helps maintain body temperature, especially in colder water conditions.

Choosing the right wetsuit and ensuring it fits properly can enhance comfort and efficiency during the swim.

Swim Cap

A swim cap helps streamline your swim and keep hair out of your face.

It’s also often provided by the race organizers for identification and safety purposes.


Properly fitting goggles protect your eyes from irritation and improve visibility underwater. Test and adjust your goggles beforehand to prevent discomfort and leaks during the swim.

Preparing swim leg gear in advance allows you to test the fit and comfort of each item, ensuring they function properly on race day.

It also gives you time to make any necessary adjustments or replacements if something isn’t working as expected.

  • Trisuit
  • Swim cap
  • Goggles
  • Anti-fog solution (if necessary)
  • Timing chip (if provided by the race)

Tri Gear Checklist: Comprehensive Race Day Checklist

Bike Gear


Wearing a helmet is crucial for safety during the bike leg.

It protects your head in case of a fall or collision and is required by race regulations for all participants.

Cycling Shoes

Cycling shoes with clip-in pedals improve power transfer and efficiency while pedaling.

Practicing with your shoes and adjusting the cleats beforehand ensures a comfortable and secure fit.

Hydration System

Stay hydrated to keep up your performance and avoid dehydration while biking.

Preparing bike leg gear in advance allows you to familiarize yourself with each item and ensure it’s properly set up for optimal performance and safety on race day.

  • Triathlon bike or road bike
  • Helmet (ANSI or CPSC approved)
  • Cycling shoes
  • Socks (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Spare tubes, tire levers, and CO2 cartridges or pump
  • Bike repair kit (multi-tool, chain lube, patch kit)
  • Bike race number (if not provided by the race)

Tri Gear Checklist: Comprehensive Race Day Checklist

Run Leg Gear

Running Shoes

Properly fitting running shoes provide comfort and support and prevent blisters and injuries during the run leg.

Break in your shoes beforehand and ensure they’re laced securely to prevent discomfort and hot spots.

Race Belt

A race belt is a convenient way to attach your race number without piercing your clothing.


Apply sunscreen before the run leg to protect you from sunburn and heat-related illnesses.

Preparing run leg gear in advance allows you to ensure you have everything you need for a successful and enjoyable run leg of the triathlon.

  • Running shoes
  • Socks
  • Race belt or pins for attaching race number
  • Hat or visor
  • Arm warmers (optional)
  • Sunscreen
  • Body Glide or anti-chafing balm

Tri Gear Checklist: Comprehensive Race Day Checklist

Transition Area Gear

These are equipment and items athletes use and set up in the transition area during a triathlon race:

  • Transition bag or backpack to organize gear
  • Towel for drying off
  • Race bib and belt
  • Timing chip (if not already attached)
  • Nutrition (gels, energy bars, electrolyte drinks)
  • Water bottle for pre-race hydration
  • Spare clothing for after the race (if needed)
  • Plastic bags for wet gear
  • Wetsuit lubricant (if wearing a wetsuit)
  • Watch or timing device


This additional equipment or accessories may not fit into specific categories like swimming, biking, or running gear. They can vary depending on individual preferences and race conditions:

  • Photo ID and race registration confirmation
  • Cash or credit card for emergencies
  • Cell phone with a fully charged battery
  • Medical information (allergies, medications)
  • Emergency contact information
  • Energy gels or snacks for during the race
  • Recovery food or drink for after the race
  • Portable chair or mat for pre-race rest
  • Positive attitude and determination!

Tri Gear Checklist: Comprehensive Race Day Checklist

Pre-Race Preparation Checklist

  • Review race day logistics, including parking, packet pickup, and transition area setup.
  • Pack your gear bag the night before and double-check that you have everything on the checklist.
  • Eat a balanced meal the night before and ensure you’re well-hydrated.
  • Get a good night’s sleep to rest and recharge for race day.

    Tri Gear Checklist: Comprehensive Race Day Checklist

Race Day Essentials

  • It is recommended to arrive early to allow ample time for parking, packet pickup, and setting up your transition area.
  • Check-in with race officials and collect your timing chip and race number (if they have not already provided it).
  • Set up your transition area with your gear.
  • Attend the pre-race briefing for important course information and safety guidelines.
  • Warm up properly before the start of the race, including dynamic stretches and a short jog.
  • Stay hydrated and fuelled throughout the race with water, electrolytes, and energy gels or snacks.

Make sure you pace yourself appropriately and listen to your body’s signals during each leg of the race.

Enjoy the experience and celebrate your accomplishment at the finish line!

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