Triathlons: What I Learned – as a Spectator

Things to make sure you have for T1/T2 and other Tri Stuff while watching my buddy Karen doing her first Olympic Triathlon:

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  • take both wheels for your bike. (see photo on right)
  • get there early, really helps if you forget something and have someone who can bring it for you.
  • a Tupperware type container for water bottles, shoes, etc.
  • a soapy cloth in a plastic bag for extra dirty feet from beach run.
  • water for washing/rinsing feet off after run from the beach.
  • water and aide type drinks for hydrating on the ride.
  • decide if a camel back would work better for water.
  • running shoes, bike shoes and crocks to walk around in prior to swim.
  • socks for bike and spare if needed for run.
  • garmen for run & maybe for ride
  • choice of shirts depending on weather or “removable sleeves”
  • towel(s)
  • practicing T1 and T2 would be a good thing.
  • swim or shower in what I would like to wear when riding on my bike to decide comfort level – what works, what doesn’t work.
  • test clothing to see what is easy to get into or out of.
  • tape gels required so can be ripped off easily for along the ride on longer triathlon distances.
  • train without mp3 player for some runs as “plugged in” not permitted at some events.
  • have great friends/family along for support.
  • have them make great signs to make your day.
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  • stay as close as possible to the race site to avoid a long drive on race day.
  • staying nearby also gives you the chance to practice the day(s) before in conditions similar to those you may experience on race day.
  • if event includes an open water swim, train as much as possible in open water and with your wetsuit on.
  • practice “stripping” (mind out of gutter – referring to removal of wetsuit and T1/T2 changes).
  • no one cares is you pee in your wetsuit, on the bike or for that matter during the run.
  • “Jell-O legs” has nothing to do with food.
  • depending on length of Tri and your estimated finish time may want snacks other then gels to replenish electrolytes, etc.
  • get lots of sleep two nights before as the night before you will likely be too excited or stressed to do so.
  • a good training plan is a good thing.
  • when it comes to training, a brick is not something you throw but something you do.
  • have fun even if you have to pretend!