With the world slowly opening back up, many of us have the chance to start doing things we haven’t done for a while. With the availability of the vaccine and more restrictions being lifted, you may be heading back to the pool, the gym, or the office again. For triathletes, races are starting to happen after an 18 month hiatus, and it’s safe to say some of us are a bit rusty when it comes to racing triathlons (or many other things for that matter). As such, I’ve put together a race timeline and checklist for triathletes and runners to help us dust off the cobwebs and avoid rolling up to the race start without a critical piece of equipment.
Regardless of how you feel about swimming, biking, or running, there is a lesson here for all of us to remember: we can all become a little more organized to reduce stress and increase the chance of a positive experience. Whether that’s facilitating your first in-person boardroom presentation in 14 months or your first marathon in 2 years, having a system in place is helpful. While THIS system (a checklist) is for triathletes racing complex endurance events in a post-lockdown race season, you can also decide to be more organized in your fitness routine. Maybe it’s just packing your gym bag the night before. Or prepping your meals on Sunday night so you avoid the fast-food drive through. Or writing out your own lunch-time workout schedule Monday morning. Resolve to get organized and see how much easier your fitness routine will be.
Now, for all you rusty triathletes and runners gearing up to race in the next few months, take a look at this helpful checklist:
3-6+ Months from Race Week:
Here’s where we start putting the ball in motion for our event.
2-4 Weeks From Race Week:
This is the time to begin the taper, put the finishing touches on your nutrition plan, and get major ‘to do’ items crossed off the list:
This is the most stressful (albeit exciting) week of the entire process- it’s finally here! Time to dial in final adjustments and cross off the last minute ‘to do’s’.
This is it! You’re now at the race site (if traveling to race) and time to exhale a bit and take it in. Relax. Rest. Stay calm. Expend the minimum energy you need to get ready. (If not traveling, here’s when you pack your gear) This is your rest day, so use it to REST!
Get your shake out run and bike safety ride in early, then get everything checked in and get back to the hotel for a very restless night sleep :)
Details and logistics can vary greatly from event to event- With some I’ve zipped open a tent and walked 100 yards to transition, and in other races I’ve driven 2.5 hrs race morning to the event, and others I leave the hotel room and walk a half mile to the race site. Whatever your situation, rehearse it well in advance and leave yourself plenty of time to get to the race site a few HOURS early. Yes. A. Few. Hours.