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Friday 5: Triathlon Race Day Tips

This is everything you need to do before and during a triathlon, whether it’s your first or you’re a veteran of multisport.

I am participating in the Trifecta Friday Five link-up hosted by Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC, and Mar at Mar on the Run.  I am sharing my top 5 triathlon race day tips for having a smooth & enjoyable experience.

Triathlon Race Day Tips


Get everything ready the night before and lay out your gear to make sure you have everything. I start with the Swim: Tri Kit, TIMING CHIP, Wetsuit, Glide or Tri Slide, Race Swim Cap, & 2 pairs of goggles, watch, & heart rate monitor. Next up the bike: Bike Helmet, Bike Shoes, Place Race Numbers in all the appropriate places (typically helmet, top tube, & stem). I set my tire pump by my bike so I can pump them up in the morning. At this point, if it is a longer race, I organize my nutrition. Last the Run: Sneakers with fast laces, visor, fuel belt (if using one), & number belt with race bib attached.


I go through everything and visualize the race, getting in & out of the water, heading to transition, getting on my bike & heading out on the run.  Envisioning the process, helps me make sure I have everything I need and prepare for any obstacles that I may encounter.


I have to admit that I am not typically an early bird & have been known to get to places right on time or be fashionably late. However, when it comes to a race I Always get there early. It helps alleviate anxiety and helps keep my heart rate stay down as I am not rushing around frantically trying to set up everything. The other plus about arriving early is you will avoid some of the race day traffic.


After you arrive early, you can set up your transition. Try to keep it neat and put out only what you need. I use a small towel to place everything. I set my bike shoes down first with my glasses placed on top ready to put on , then I put my helmet over them. This setup allows me to put my helmet on first, as this is the Most Important Item & you can not leave transition without it on & snapped! Next, I put my race number belt down and place my sneakers on top of it. I open up the shoes and put a little glide on the heals to make them easier to slip on. I also sprinkle my socks (if wearing them) with baby powder. Then, I place my running visor on top. Again, this is all methodical so that when I come into T2, I put my visor on, next my shoes, & last my number belt.


In a perfect world, we would be able to swim, bike, & run on the course we are racing on before the event. However, this is not always an option when we are traveling to events out of town. I like to review the course on a map or drive the bike & run course before, just so I am a little familiar with the roads and can plan for anything that could catch me off guard on race day. I also like to familiarize myself with the swim course on race morning once the bouys are in the water and I can check out what land marks are good to use for sighting.

These are a few of my favorite tips, I hope you find them helpful! As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC

Monday 8th of February 2016

Great tips - and thanks for linking up!

Angela Campos

Sunday 7th of February 2016

Haha! It is a lot, but so much fun, that it is worth it!!

Angela Campos

Sunday 7th of February 2016

Thank you! I feel like I have it down pretty well now, but in the beginning it was a bit stressful :-)

Angela Campos

Sunday 7th of February 2016

Thank you! Yes, it is a lot to organize and keep track of, but also so much fun :-)

Wendy Rivard

Saturday 6th of February 2016

I'm not a triathlete--the prep is so overwhelming! And don't get me started on the transitions!