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Every time I travel to a race, my biggest worry is that I’m going to forget something. You know, something so tiny – but so important, such as a small-but-required part for my bike, or sometimes something even much bigger – like my running shoes. And it doesn’t matter whether I’m travelling 3,000 miles or 30 miles, my fear is the same.
So, a number of years ago I put together a race day checklist, based on my continued packing and repacking. I’ve since refined it to be my perfect list of exactly what I need for any race, be it close or far.
While there is no perfect ‘everyone list’, I think this covers most of the major items that folks usually need for a triathlon. I would make tiny little tweaks for an Ironman event (more nutrition), but otherwise, that’s about it. And a few of them are specific to if I’m breaking down my bike to travel somewhere. And finally, some of them are ‘just in case’ type of things…just because I’ve found it’s nice to have spares in my transition bag.
So here’s the whole list:
Now because I’m your bestest friend ever, I’ve also made the thing available in Excel format, so you can add your own items and tweak it as you see fit. And, for everyone else who’s Excel deprived…in PDF format.
Of course, the second list I use is my pre-race checklist. This is the one I go through in transition area to ensure that during the race when I run into T1 or T2 I’m not missing something important (like my race number or gel bottles). I do this just before I leave transition the final time to head to the swim start.
This list is meant to be super-quick, and is mini-laminated and zip tied to the top-inside of my transition bag, so it’s always accessible and always there. Here’s what’s on that brief checklist:
0) Liquid in bottle (water & gel) 1) Straw on bottle 2) Helmet on straw 3) Glasses on helmet 4) In easy gear 5) GPS on bike 6) GPS turned on 7) Towel to side of bike 8) Socks on towel inside out 9) Shoes on towel 10) Racebelt has number 11) Racebelt on shoes 12) GPS Running Watch on Shoes
You probably stumbled upon here looking for a review of a sports gadget. If you’re trying to decide which unit to buy – check out my in-depth reviews section. Some reviews are over 60 pages long when printed out, with hundreds of photos! I aim to leave no stone unturned.
I travel a fair bit, both for work and for fun. Here’s a bunch of random trip reports and daily trip-logs that I’ve put together and posted. I’ve sorted it all by world geography, in an attempt to make it easy to figure out where I’ve been.
The most common question I receive outside of the “what’s the best GPS watch for me” variant, are photography-esq based. So in efforts to combat the amount of emails I need to sort through on a daily basis, I’ve complied this “My Photography Gear” post for your curious minds! It’s a nice break from the day to day sports-tech talk, and I hope you get something out of it!
Many readers stumble into my website in search of information on the latest and greatest sports tech products. But at the end of the day, you might just be wondering “What does Ray use when not testing new products?”. So here is the most up to date list of products I like and fit the bill for me and my training needs best! DC Rainmaker 2019 swim, bike, run, and general gear list. But wait, are you a female and feel like these things might not apply to you? If that’s the case (but certainly not saying my choices aren’t good for women), and you just want to see a different gear junkies “picks”, check out The Girl’s 2018 Gear Guide too.