How We Get Dressed For The Big Dance
Aside from the activities itself, the second most intimidating and frustrating part of triathlons is the amount of equipment needed. While one doesn’t need to spend the kid’s college savings to get into the sport, there are still plenty of tiny things one needs.
Case in point, lets see what the ritual is to get ready for “just” a half-ironman. Today I picked up my athlete packet. Contained within in it were all my identifying stickers, bibs, and timing gear. First up, my bike got stuck:
One sticker on each side of the down tube and one on the seat post. Next up, I got my transition bags ready:
This is probably the most nerve wracking part of the pre-race ritual. Nothing sucks more than getting off the bike during the race and finding you left your running shoes in the hotel room. Here’s the content of each bag:
T1: Swim To Bike Bag:
2. One Gel
5. Arm warmers
6 Bandaids, duct tape, Advil.
8. Garmin 310XT
T2: Bike To Run Bag:
1. Running socks.
3. Bib belt
4. More bandaids, duct tape, Advil
5. Extra gel
Of course, we cant forget about everything ON the bike:
2. Aero bottle, with its straw and scrunchie to stop splashing
3. Seat bag with tire levers, mini allen wrench tool, spare tire, CO2 cartridge, CO2 inflator head
To top it off, there is the stuff I need to bring with me to race morning:
2. Swim cap
3. Timex watch
4. Dry clothes bag
6. Infinit solution
7. Body Glide
8. Timing chip
So, as you can see, it is easy to forget something. Which, this time, I forgot an extra water bottle. Luckily, there are vendors galore at these things, and I can snag one tomorrow. Right now, I’m just happy all my stuff is packed into the bags, and ready to drop off tomorrow….I think…..maybe I should check one more time…..