Tomorrow morning I will be participating in the 2012 SheRox Philadelphia Triathlon. Today I picked up my race number and other race day essentials at the expo. Getting all of your gear in check before a tri is just as important as training! Multi-sport races need more gear than just a pair of sneakers. I put together a mock transition station for myself so I can check everything off of list that I need. Use this as a guide while you are getting all of your gear ready.
Gear checklist for the tri:
- Ankle race chip – Provided by race to keep track of all athletes’ times
- Swim cap - provided by the race – each color is for a different wave
- Cleats (or sneakers)
- Water bottle
- And of course a bike! (not pictured)
- Bib with race number
Tips for transition set up:
I strongly suggest wearing one outfit from start to finish. A tri suit is a great option and is very comfortable. On the left of the photo you will see my blue and black tri suit. No wardrobe change is needed with a one-piece all-purpose suit.
If you don’t want to be walking around the transition area barefoot before your wave starts bring old or cheap flip-flops with you. This way you don’t have to worry about never seeing them again when you enter the water.
Put shoes upside down with one sock in each shoe. This prevents the inside of the shoes from getting wet if it rains and putting one sock in each shoe will speed up the transition.
Use a bib belt to put your race number on so you don’t have to fuss with safety pins.
Bring an extra water bottle (not pictured) to rinse your feet off after the swim. The finish is sandy and you don’t want to run with sand in your shoes because it may cause blisters.
When you cross the finish line you may want to have an extra T-shirt on hand so you can put it on over your tri suit. I packed the bright pink shirt that we all got at the expo! This year's shirt is my favorite so far.