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Your Day-Of Triathlon Checklist

By Deirdre Pitney, Donna Dourney

Part of Triathlon Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The day of your triathlon has arrived! To make sure that you pack everything you need for all three aspects of the event, use the following checklist, which covers the necessities for swimming, biking, and running:

For the Swim: For the Run:
Sport bathing suit or tri suit Hat
Goggles Running shoes
Wetsuit (depending on water temperature and race rules) Socks, if desired
For the Bike: Other Things to Bring:
Bicycle Race number and race packet, if you picked it up before your
event
Padded cycling shorts (if you’re wearing a bathing suit and not
a tri suit)
Directions to the event
Shirt to wear for bike and run (if you’re not wearing a tri
suit)
Body Glide or other lubricating product
Helmet Plastic bag for wet clothes after the race
Cycling shoes, if you’ll be riding with clipless pedals Weather-appropriate clothes for after the race
Socks (optional) Comfortable after-race shoes
Sunglasses Sunscreen
Cycling gloves (optional depending on distance) Towels (one for your transition area and one for your
body)
Water bottles filled with water or sport drink Photo identification (for check in) and USAT Membership card,
if you’re a member
Nutrition bars or gels Hair ties, if necessary
Race belt or a way to secure your race number onto your shirt
or shorts
Heart-rate monitor, if desired
Basic tools for your bike, including an extra tube and
CO2 cartridge or hand pump
Waterproof wristwatch, if desired