10 Tips for a Stress-Free Long-Distance Race

Sample Checklist

Swim-to-Bike Transition:

  • Towel (small to wipe off feet)
  • Cycling shoes
  • Cycling socks (if you choose to wear)
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Race belt with number attached
  • Lubricant (feet, under arms, etc.)
  • Fuel for the bike

Bike-to-Run Transition:

  • Running shoes
  • Running socks
  • Towel (again for your feet)
  • Running shorts (if changing)
  • Hat/Visor
  • Case to deposit glasses (I do not wear for the run, as they get messy, and late in the day you do not need them. Also, without glasses, you can pour water on your head and still be able to see.)
  • Lubricant
  • Fuel for the run

Sample Items for Special Needs Bags

Bike: Extra bottles of race fuel, bars and gels. Freeze your bottles the night before and wrap them in aluminum foil—it helps insulate the bottles, keeping them cool. You can also buy a soft small collapsible cooler (six-pack size) to keep your bottles cool.

Run: Fuel needed for last half of the run. Freeze some of your race-fuel in a disposable water bottle and wrap in aluminum foil or use a cooler.

More: 10 Tips for Stress-Free Transitions

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About the Author

Karen Buxton

Karen Buxton is Level-III USA Triathlon certified coach with over 25 years of coaching experience and author of The Triathlete's Guide to Off-Season Training. Coach Buxton works and trains in Greensboro, North Carolina and can be reached at Karen@coachbuxton.com. Find out more about Coach Buxton at www.coachbuxton.com

Karen Buxton is Level-III USA Triathlon certified coach with over 25 years of coaching experience and author of The Triathlete's Guide to Off-Season Training. Coach Buxton works and trains in Greensboro, North Carolina and can be reached at Karen@coachbuxton.com. Find out more about Coach Buxton at www.coachbuxton.com

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