Triathlon checklist

Triathlon checklist – by Alan Parsons

Are you doing your first triathlon this year and wondered what you need to bring with you? While getting ready for your first tri can be stressful and confusing at times, it doesn’t need to be if you’re well prepared. I was a bit under-prepared for my first triathlon so I’d like to try and pass on what I’ve learnt to others to help you keep the big day stress-free so that you can focus on the swim, bike and run, and of course enjoying the event.
I can’t promise that this list covers absolutely everything but I’ve done my best, after consulting with a few other friends, to put together the essentials:

SWIM
Wetsuit (please note that depending on the temperature of the water, some tris will require a wetsuit to be worn while at others a wetsuit may not be allowed – check with the organisers in advance)
Goggles
Flip flops/sandals (for before the start)
Swimming trunks/swimsuit or tri suit (to wear underneath the wetsuit)
Extra swim cap in case the water is cold (neoprene caps are also available in case of extreme weather)
Wetsuit lubricant to help you remove the wetsuit in transition 1

p.s. Don't forget to pose as you come out of the water ;)

p.s. Don’t forget to pose as you come out of the water ;)

BIKE
Bike (duh!)
Helmet
Spd shoes if applicable
One or two large (750ml) water bottles
Cycle shorts/tri suit
Sunglasses
Spare inner tube & tools (just in case – hopefully not needed!)
Bike pump
Bike gloves (optional)
Watch (optional – you can wear one from the start but I like to attach my watch to the handlebars of the bike and then put it on when I’m cycling)

Aerobars may or may not be permitted, so please check with the organisers if you have them on your bike

Aerobars (lemondki in Polish) may or may not be permitted, so please check with the organisers if you have them on your bike

RUN
Running shoes
Cap/visor (in case it’s hot)
Quick-tie laces for the shoes (recommended)

Don't forget to sprint for the line!

Don’t forget to sprint for the line!

TRANSITION + OTHER STUFF
Towel to dry after the swim
Extra towel for putting things on the ground or covering your gear
Extra fluid
Tri belt for your race number (don’t forget to put it on in T1)
Energy gels or other race nutrition
Spare clothes to change into after the race
Sun screen – triathlons are generally in the summer and you’ll be outside for several hours.

And that’s about it. All I’d add is go out there and try to relax and enjoy the event – triathlons are really a lot of fun! Good luck :)

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