My Journey to becoming an IronMan
Work on your transition
You should have goals for every race you do, even training races. Write down the 2-3 things you would like to accomplish or learn today.
Tri shorts, swimsuit, or tri suit
2 sets of goggles (i.e., one tinted and one normal)
Wetsuit (I always take one, no matter how hot it is)
Cycling shoes and socks (if wearing)
Tool Kit: tube, CO2, levers, multi-tool
Floor pump (pump up your tires before you leave home but leave the pump in your car just in case)
Running shoes (2 pairs if you have a late start time. One to leave in transition and one to warm up in)
Training device (Garmin, Timex, etc.) & heart rate strap - Don't forget to charge them
Vaseline, powder, band-aids
Blunt nose scissors for sticker origami
Post-race, warm change of clothes
Post-race recovery drink/snack with a 4:1 ratio of carbs vs. protein
Wake up early and eat 3-4 hours before your start time. Eat only familiar, easily-digestible foods (example: banana and a bagel with jam). Stop drinking fluids about 2 hours before your start time. Continue sipping as needed. Pee, pee, and then pee again (don’t worry, everybody pees in their wetsuit). Get to the race early to secure a good spot in transition. Ideally, this is a spot on the end of the rack close to the bike in/out. Make a mental note of landmarks to help you easily find your rack. Use a bright-colored towel so your area stands out…and be courteous. NO BEACH TOWELS! Leave the balloons at home – you will not make any friends if your balloon is tangled around someone else’s bike. Organize your gear in the order you will use it – run through transitions in your mind. Complete a good 10-15 minute running warm-up about 45 minutes before start time. Put on your wetsuit and hop in the water for a good swim warm-up 15-20 minutes before your start time. Be on the line 5-10 minutes before the gun. Remember that this is why you put in all those training hours. Believe in your training, do your best – and have fun!