The big day is approaching. You are mentally and physically ready, so let’s make sure you take care of the small details of the race to ensure success.
You should be tapering at least a week heading into the race. If you are on a training plan or are being coached, the taper should be included. If not, make sure you are dialing back the mileage and giving your body the rest it needs.
Now that you’ve tapered properly, let’s start a packing list. I always lay everything out before throwing equipment in my transition bag. Make sure you have everything you need for each discipline and set it out together. Here is an example of a checklist I would use:
Water to sip on while waiting to enter the water
Something to snack on while waiting to enter the water
Nutrition (both liquid and solid)
Nutrition (anything you need on the run)
Sandals for before and after the race (Consider giving these sandals to someone before entering the water or wearing a pair ready for the trash in case you need to dispose of them)
After setting everything out, I make sure everything is packed in the same bag, two bags at the most. You want to have everything together so getting into the transition area will be quick and easy.
The day before the race, you need to check in, get your bib numbers and your wristband to enter the transition area. Once you have that, go to the transition area to rack your bike. When racking your bike, take note of where your bike is located so you can easily find it when you come out of the water. Maybe there is a big tree nearby or maybe it’s on the 5th rack on the left. Find something easy to remember and remember it!
At this point, you want to walk through transition. There will be two ways in and out so you need to make sure you know where you are supposed to go. Exits will be marked SWIM IN, BIKE OUT, BIKE IN, and RUN OUT. Make sure you know which is which and follow them on race day. If you have any questions, there will be several volunteers to ask.
Check out the water and the distance to transition. It is a good idea to know how long that transition will be. Finally, check out the finish line. If you have friends and family coming, try to pick a spot, let them know to be there when you’re coming through and look for them at the finish. Nothing will put a bigger smile on your Finisher’s Photo than seeing your loved ones as you are finishing.
Once race day comes, know you are ready. You’ve put in the time and effort, have everything you need and are ready to go. Trust your training. Above all, have fun! Once that gun goes off, enjoy the premier triathlon in our Nation’s Capital!
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