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Five Triathlon Race Day Rituals

 

Happy Friday and welcome to the Friday Five! We are well into winter here in Maine, in fact we got over a foot of snow here yesterday thanks to the “Bombogenesis” weather pattern. Despite it being bitter cold outside, my triathlon training is in full swing! In fact, I have less than five months until my first race. As I realized this during a long ride on my trainer, I started to think about how I would prepare for my Half Ironman in Chattanooga at the end of May. I have a pretty standard race day routine that I always do, no matter what the distance. So this week I am sharing my Five Triathlon Race Day Rituals.

Five Triathlon Race Day Rituals

 

1. PREPARE: 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 up my wheels in the morning. At this point, if it is a longer race, I organize my nutrition, which includes a boost from Alert Caffeine Gum.  Last the Run: Sneakers with fast laces, visor, fuel belt (if using one), & number belt with race bib attached.

2. ENVISION THE DAY: 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.

3. ORGANIZE TRANSITION: Arrive early so 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 heels 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.

4. REVIEW THE COURSE: 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.

 

5. GET EXCITED AND ENERGIZED: I try to calm my nerves and let myself get excited about the event ahead of me! After so much training, I really try and focus on enjoying the race itself. I also like to give myself a little boost with Alert Caffeine GumAlert is a caffeinated chewing gum for adults. 1 piece of Alert Caffeine Gum is equal to half a cup of coffee. I find that chewing this gum gives me a boost for the event. It is the perfect portable boost as it is easy to tuck in my transition bag or bento box on my bike. I also keep a piece in my fuel belt in case I need a dose of extra energy on the run!

So Tell Me…

Do you have any race day rituals? Have you ever tried Alert Caffeine Gum? What flavor of gum would you reach for Fruit or Mint? Are already in training for a Spring or Summer Race? Are you looking for more Triathlon Race Day Tips? Check out this post on Five Lessons from Five Years of Triathlon <HERE>.
Thank you so much for stopping by the Friday Five! As always, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a Great Weekend!!!
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Heather Riccobono (@BrieBrieBlooms)

Wednesday 10th of January 2018

This is incredible and you are such an inspiration! Congrats on all your successes and thank you for sharing your routine to help inspire others.

asseenonjean88

Tuesday 9th of January 2018

It sounds as though you are very organised which I’m sure leads to you being successful in your races. Good luck with this one! That gum sounds great.

Yona Williams

Tuesday 9th of January 2018

I've never tried Alert Caffeine Gum before, and haven't heard of it until now. I think the Mint flavor would taste best…probably refreshing.

Different Frame of Mind

Tuesday 9th of January 2018

I have never done one of these before but I definitely love all of these tips. I love your first step which is prepare. I definitely think that is an important step!

Melissa

Monday 8th of January 2018

These are great ideas for how to prepare. I did a half marathon one time and being both mentally and physicially ready is important. You can't overlook the mental part of it!