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Triathlon Checklist

Whether you are a first-time triathlete, or an experienced competitor, a triathlon checklist is important to make sure that you have everything you need with you on race day. The last thing you want to do is turn up and realize that you've forgotten something that affects your performance or even stops you from racing.

Before race day, the most important thing is to find a suitable training plan and stick with it as your schedule allow. Optimizing your training will ensure you arrive at the start line in the best possible shape. This includes ensuring that you taper correctly in the last 2-3 weeks before the event and eating properly during that period. Take the time when your training schedule is easier to collect together everything you need for the big day.


On the day before your big race, make sure that your bicycle is in top condition and that you have checked the tires, brakes, handlebars and seat to ensure that they are ready for action. Nothing would be worse than to have your performance affected by a mechanical failure. Make sure you have a repair kit and just as importantly, that you know how to use it. Then if things do go wrong, you can still salvage something from your race.

It doesn't matter if it is a small local event with a handful of competitors or a massive big city event with thousands taking part. The first thing you need to know is the registration and starting information. If you turn up without your number or miss the start, then all your training is wasted. You also need to know what to do with your equipment - everything needs to be in place for your transitions. That's why a triathlon checklist is so important.

Your triathlon checklist will make sure that you have the correct clothing, whether that is a triathlon suit, or more traditional shorts and top. You also need to make sure that you have packed and ready to go any other clothing or accessories that you require. Your completed checklist will include some or all of the following items:


  • Race Number (if supplied in advance)
  • Watch / heart rate monitor


  • Swimming goggles (and spare pair)
  • Swimming Cap (and spare)
  • Wetsuit (if worn)
  • Ear and nose plugs (if worn)
  • Neoprene band for timing chip (if used)


  • Triathlon suit (or shorts/top)
  • Water Bottle or Camelbak (and spare)
  • Bicycle (with race number attached)
  • Bike helmet
  • Bike shoes (if required)
  • Bike Gloves (if worn)
  • Socks
  • Repair Kit (spare tires, pump and tools)
  • Sunglasses (if worn for biking and running stages)


  • Running shoes
  • Running belt with number attached


  • Towel
  • Nutrition (Gel/Powerbar or similar)
  • Lubricant (bodyglide/Vaseline or similar)
  • Sun protection and lip balm
  • Black Marker
  • Trash bag for wet gear

A triathlon is big and challenging enough without making things harder for yourself by forgetting something important. By preparing your own triathlon checklist and checking things off against it when you pack them, you can make sure that your race runs as smoothly as it possibly can.

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