Here’s a checklist I prepared for the event. It includes the stuff I would actually wear on that day since I intend to bike to and from the race.
- Watch or Heart Rate Monitor – I just used a watch as I wasn’t comfortable wearing the chest strap during the swim, and wanted to keep things simple for the race – the less to fiddle with the better.
- Plastic Bags – To store all the wet clothes, towels for the ride home.
- Fuel for Bike & Run – Accelerate, Pocarri, Power Bar/Gel, whatever your fancy.
- Sun cream – Essential for sun protection, works well to prevent jelly fish stings too.
- Change of clothes for after the event.
- Tri clothes – For me, Tri shorts. Some prefer Tri full suit – you will need a race belt with a full suit, unless you want to start pinning race numbers in the middle of a transition.
- Race kit – race number, registration form, identity, etc…
- Wallet/phone (water proofed in case of rain)
- Big bottle or bucket of water - To rinse off after the (sea) swim leg, and to wash off the sand from your feet. Also helps to have some water to drink during the transitions.
- Big Towel – To spread on the ground to step/sit on after you have cleaned your feet. I also like to have one more (smaller) towel to dry off during the transition.
- Jersey or Singlet (with race numbers pinned on). If you are wearing a Tri full suit, this is where you put on the race belt with the numbers pinned on.
- Socks (if you need them – I do).
- Bike shoes (if you need them – I do).
- Bike Helmet with race numbers stuck on.
- Bike with race numbers stuck on, and bike water bottle(s).
- Sunglasses (if you like)
- Running shoes.
- Running cap (if you like).
- Spare socks – in case of rain, it is good to have dry socks before the run.
- Dry shirt (if you like – I couldn’t be bothered to change, just wear DriFit)