Signing up for the triathlon and training for it seemed like the easy part once I started thinking about how much STUFF is needed for Race Day and the transition area.
Where to begin?
Step One: Lay out everything I need for Race Day
I find it helpful to lay my gear out by category.
Category 1: Outfit.
My Got Chocolate Milk Tri Kit, my Garmin watch and aSparkle Athletic Skirt.
Not pictured Zensah sports bra.
This will be my base for the day, except I will NOT be wearing the Sparkle Athletic skirt in the water.
Now not everyone will have a tri kit and that is A-okay! I didn't have one for the first year of racing in triathlons and only have one now thanks to Team Chocolate Milk! ;)
Category 2: Transition Area.
I love to use my Asics towel as my base. On top of that base goes all accessories, fuel and “just in case” stuff. I like to keep a water bottle, a handheld water bottle (if I want it for the run), a KIND bar, my ENERGYBits and sunglasses.
Category 3: The Swim.
So apparently I cut off the most important part of the swim attire – goggles. Ha. So my swim gear includes goggles, swim cap (usually one issued by the race itself), wetsuit and a towel to clear off my feet to transition to the bike.
Do you like the sweet Nestle towel I have? I got it when the Nesquik Bunny visited me back in March.
Category 4: The Bike.
Once I maneuver the wetsuit off – hopefully without falling – and the feet are dry, it is time to secure my Sparkly Soul headband before putting on my helmet. You can get penalized if you are moving with the bike and not having your helmet on so I make sure it is one of the first thing I put on for the bike.
With the helmet on, I will put on myZensah compression sleeves, attach my race belt which will already have my number on it and slip into the shoes.
NOW if you do not want to wear the race belt - again A-okay - you can also throw on a shirt or singlet during transition, which will already have the number pinned to it. This is your call and what you are more comfortable with.
I actually like to throw a singlet or tank on over my tri kit because well the tri kit isn't very flattering especially when went. :P
Category 5: The Run.
The final transition should be the easiest. Bike shoes and helmet off … visor and sneakers on.
Once I give everything a once over – adding the race bib and bike number – it all goes into my big IKEA bag (yup classy) and it sits by the front door. This way I won’t forget anything. I put everything in the bag by category, which makes setting up transition on race day a breeze.
I personally like bike gear closest to front of towel, food/energy/fuel in the middle and run farthest away. Play around with the set up of your transition area to see what works for you.
My bike helmet isn't in the transition picture since I keep it on the handlebars with my Garmin, which is already cued up to MultiSport. :)
It has taken me a few
tries tris (see what I did there) to get it right, but now I have a good system. It is always up for tweaking, but I am getting into the groove.
I hope some of these tips can help you prep for your next triathlon.