Triathlon Training For Dummies
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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

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Deirdre Pitney is a freelance writer who writes articles on women's issues, fitness, and wellness, and is actively training for a triathlon. Donna Dourney has completed a Half-Iron and full Ironman Triathlon and has served as a personal trainer for clients, tri clubs, and first-time athletes.

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