triathlon-race-day-checklistTriathlon Race Day Checklist

There’s a lot to remember in a triathlon. Here’s what you need to get you through race day…

The Swim

  • Tri Suit (tested prior to race day so that you know it’s comfortable!)
  • Goggles- preferably a clear or light-coloured set for pool swims or cloudy conditions, a dark set for bright sun
  • Swim cap (race should provide, but bring one just in case)
  • Neoprene swim cap (for cold water swims)
  • Wetsuit (compulsory in some races, optional in others)
  • Non-petroleum lubrication- for easy wetsuit entry/exit, to help prevent chafing

The Bike

  • Bike- important 🙂
  • Helmet
  • Cycling or triathlon shoes
  • Socks (wicking material, not cotton!)
  • Gilet/jacket (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Arm warmers (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike computer (optional)
  • Bike frame bag (for patch kit, etc.)
  • Pump or CO2 inflation system– frame pump or CO2 cartridges & inflator. Remember, you are responsible for changing any punctures!
  • Spare tubes, patch kit, tire levers
  • Chain lube
  • Water bottles
  • Nutrition

The Run

  • Trainers
  • Socks
  • Hat or Visor
  • Orthodics, if using
  • Lace locks, speedlaces, elastic laces (optional)
  • Nutrition


  • Two small towels (one to mark your area, one for wiping feet)
  • Race belt for race number- easier and quicker than pins!
  • Race number and chip
  • Watch/Heart-rate monitor
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Triathlon federation ID, other identification
  • Post-race apparel and comfortable post-race shoes
  • Trigirl’s Triathlon Race Day Checklist, so that you know that you have everything you need!