You show up at T1 after a long swim and you realize you don’t have your cycling shoes! It’s every racer’s worst nightmare and actually happened to Jessica Van Orden last year at Ironman Cozumel. Instead of quitting Jessica biked the entire 112 miles barefoot, BAREFOOT! I don’t know if I could’ve done it and hopefully, I’ll never have to.
I’m sure Jessica’s misfortune was not due to her lack of planning. Even with the best plans, stuff goes wrong and we forget things, but having a solid plan in place for race day will decrease the chance that you will forget things.
Here are my race day checklists. Feel free to print them and if you want an editable version of it, contact me and I’ll be happy to send it to you! I can also provide personalized coaching if you want additional support.
*Note: It says GUs under nutrition, but for the Ironman and full marathon distances, I’ll likely mix it up and bring GUs, chews and maybe eat some of the stuff offered on the course (especially during the Ironman), because I just don’t think my gut can handle 8-10 GUs.
Ironman/Long Course Triathlons: