It’s time for Tri Talk Tuesday! I’m linking up with Courtney, Miranda, and Cynthia and they’ve selected the theme “Race Prep”. I’ve talked on my blog before about how I prepare for a race and the packing list I use.Today though I’m going to talk specifically about race prep on the morning of the race! Race morning can either be very stressful and rushed, or it can be methodical, relaxing, and a confidence-booster. Your choice. I choose to be prepared and have race morning go smoothly. Here’s what I do:
On race morning, I set my alarm for 30 minutes before I need to leave the hotel (or my house). For any race, I plan to arrive two hours prior to my wave start. I carry everything I need in my trusty TYR triathlon bag and pack it the same way for every race so that it’s easy to find what I need.
Upon arrival at the race site, here is what I do in order:
-Bring my bike into transition (if it hasn’t been checked in the night before).
-Rack my bike and shift through every gear to make sure it is shifting smoothly.
-Mix my fuel in my bike bottles and place them in their holders. You can check out what I use for fuel and nutrition during a race here.
-Rest my helmet and sunglasses on my handle bars.
-Lay my towel under my bike in my transition section.
-Place my bike shoes & socks toward the front of the towel, with my gel flask right beside them.
-Behind the bike shoes, I place my running visor, handheld water bottle (which contains frozen water), and race bib.
-After everything is set up, I strap on my timing chip (if applicable), grab my shoes, and head out for a 10-minute warm up jog. This jog is purely to calm my nerves. A 10-minute jog an hour and a half before the swim of a triathlon does very little to get yourself ready for the run several hours away, but running relaxes me, so that’s what I do.
-Next is a port-a-potty stop! If I can, I’ll run along the race route during my warm-up jog and hit up a port-a-potty along the route. It works out nicely, because it’s CLEAN, and there’s no line! If not, there’s plenty of time to wait in line after I get back to transition.
-After the jog, I head back to transition, put my shoes & socks back in their spot, and get my swim stuff ready.
-Prep to leave transition for the last time before the race start. Bring my triathlon bag, wet suit, cap, & goggles with me.
-Take a few pre-race pics.
-Maybe hit up the port-a-potty again.
-Put on my wetsuit, cap & goggles
-Pre-race swim. I don’t have a hard and fast time that I like to warm up for. I just swim around a little, make sure I’m comfortable in the water, practice sighting, and review the course in front of me.
-After the warm-up swim is over, I usually have some time to spare, so I wait around, relax, talk to people, review my race plan in my head, visit the port-a-potty again, eat a last-minute gel, ect.
-Then I line up in my swim wave, focus on listening to the music that’s being played (it relaxes me), stretch my shoulders a little, walk up to the swim start, take a deep breath, and jump in!
Do you have a typical pre-race routine that you do?
How early do you arrive to your race?