Tape Nutrition to Your Top Tube1 of 13
Use painter's tape or electrical tape to secure gels to the top tube of your bike. Make sure to only tape the tab, so you can tear off the gel and open it simultaneously. This method also cuts down on the mess and trash when you use two hands.
Recovery Multitasking2 of 13
Recovery is sometimes considered the fourth sport of triathlon, but it usually falls by the wayside. Leave your foam roller or massage stick out in the living room, and utilize family movie nights or evening television for stretching and rolling out on the carpet.
Checklist3 of 13
This one seems straightforward and obvious, but it just may be the most important item on this list. Packing for race day is virtually impossible without a thorough checklist. Make sure you have everything you need to succeed, including small personal items like lip balm and batteries.
Laminated Swim Sets4 of 13
We're going to assume you don't have a laminator sitting around at home, so you might have to hack this one. Write your swim sets on a small piece of paper then overlap clear packing tape over the front and back. Say goodbye to hands stained with ink and wet sets you have to keep rewriting when they get wet.
Natural Lens Defogger5 of 13
Sure, you could get fancy and buy baby shampoo or goggle-specific defogger, but why spend extra money when you naturally create your own? That's right, a little spit on the inside of your goggles is just as effective as the other options.
Meal Prep6 of 13
We can almost guarantee you won't want to cook after a long day at work and a hard training session. Instead of turning to takeout or a bowl of cereal, designate your Sunday evening to prep meals for the weekdays. Simply fill up a few containers, and presto! You have microwaveable and nutritious meals you can heat up in seconds.
Baby Powder7 of 13
Baby powder is a magical substance. Not only can you use it to help saddle sores, but you can also use it to put your wetsuit on, dry out your running and cycling shoes in transition and safely store your inner tubes.
Toilet Paper8 of 13
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Always make sure you have a spare roll of toilet paper stashed in your car for moments when you can't make it to a bathroom on a training ride or run. Plus, race day porta-potties notoriously run out of toilet paper—bring your own and save yourself a nasty experience.
Body Glide9 of 13
Who knew something so small could make such a difference? Especially important for iron-distance events, be sure to apply body glide to any area that might experience rubbing. Lube around your neck and under your arms when wearing a wetsuit and between your legs along your inner thigh to prevent chaffing on the run.
Swim Bag Packed and Loaded10 of 13
The couch looks exceptionally good after a long day at work. But to keep yourself engaged and motivated, stow your packed swim bag in your car, so you can head to the pool directly after work. Just don't forget the snacks.
Gear Bottles11 of 13
Where can you store tools, tubes and tire levers when wearing a tri suit with no pockets? Designate a water bottle as your "gear box" and simply leave it in a bottle cage in your rear mount. Not only is it convenient, but it's also more aero, too!
Bring a Chain Lube Rag12 of 13
Of course you brought chain lube to your destination race, but don't forget to bring a shop rag or an old t-shirt for the application process. We guarantee your hotel isn't going to be happy seeing its white bath towels covered in black chain grease.