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Running very first Sprint Triathlon next sunday, suggestions on what I need to bring?

Old 06-18-11, 10:41 PM
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Running very first Sprint Triathlon next sunday, suggestions on what I need to bring?

Title says it all, just wondering, what sort of gear you tend to bring with you on the course.

I have a single speed optimized for holding 90 RPM at 35 km/hr, with bridged aero-bars.
Shall I put a water bottle in one cage, and a Powerade in the other?
I do not currently have a saddle bag, just panniers (I am not racing with panniers). Should I shell out the $30 for a decent saddle bag to hold a patch kit and a granola bar?

Do I run holding a water bottle?

/Nervousness
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Old 06-19-11, 07:53 AM
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For a sprint, don't worry about a Powerade. Just bring water.

If you drink a Powerade/Gatorade/energy gel while on the bike, by the time the carbs hit the race will be over.

A patch kit might be a good idea. Again, in a sprint if you flat most likely the race will be over by the time you get the tire fixed, but at least you won't have to walk all the way back to T2.

I never run with a water bottle, even on longer 10 mile runs in training. Most sprints have at least one water stop. If you need a drink you can catch one there. My general sprint strategy is to hydrate well on the bike when it's easy to drink without slowing down. Then on the run I can just blast by the water stops without breaking pace. A 5k is easily do-able without hydration in the middle, unless you're racing on the surface of the sun.

Good luck! You'll do fine.
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Thanks for the tip! I shall just bring the 1 bottle on the bike then. The course is extremely flat, I just hope there is no back-wind or I will run out of gears on my SS.
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Old 06-19-11, 07:56 PM
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Did my first in May. If you are nervous about the swim, just turn over on your back and float if you panic. Other than that have fun.
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Make sure you have a bright towel or something to identify your spot in the transition area! I don't know how many people are in your Tri, but the easier to find your stuff, the better.

Practice your transition so you can figure out how you want everything laid out - you might be surprised! Some people can do it in under a minute (they don't wear socks while running which is a BAD IDEA if you're not used to it) and some people take over 5. You'll find out what works for you.

Also, I'm sure you've heard it before but just in case - NEVER try anything new the night before or a day of a race - even if it's free. There will be vendors there offering samples of all sorts of stuff, more than likely, but resist the urge to try a new flavor of something or some new product.

Good luck and have fun!
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Old 06-20-11, 09:49 PM
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This sounds pithy but its true: Bring a smile. This should be fun. If it ain't, you're doing it wrong.
Also, all you need is one water bottle on the bike. And no snacks. Like someone said, there should be at least one aid station with water during the run too, so no worries there.
I have another water bottle in my transition area to spray sand off my feet before I put on my cycling shoes if the sand is really sticky. 13 miles riding and then another 3 running with sandy feet is an invitation for blisters. Some people use a small bin full of water to quick dip, which I used at my last Olympic and that worked great too. Plus, then you have something to take all your stuff in. Practice setting your area up in a small space, like the above helpful person commented. This video is a pretty good idea of the basic transition area and what you'll need. (Though I've never seen a bike rack like that at a race and I put my helmet on my cycling shoes, but that's small stuff). ALSO, Tri people are nice people. Spy what the guy next to you is doing and copy him. Or ask.
And have fun.
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I actually put my helmet on my bike seat or handlebars, making it so that I can't get on my bike without moving my helmet. This kind of reminds me to put my helmet on, as you can get DQ'ed for being on your bike without a helmet on.
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Originally Posted by caelric View Post
I actually put my helmet on my bike seat or handlebars, making it so that I can't get on my bike without moving my helmet. This kind of reminds me to put my helmet on, as you can get DQ'ed for being on your bike without a helmet on.
I haven't figured out how to remind myself to do the opposite, though. I headed out of T2 once with my helmet still on my head. Cost me about a minute to run back to my transition spot to put it in my stuff. LOL
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Do not run with a water bottle, there will probably be water supplied on the run.
Hold off drinking water as soon as you get ON the bike, chances are you have swallowed some during the swim
and drinking more will give you a sloshy gut feeling during the bike/run. Wait about 15-20 min on the bike before
you drink.
Even thou the carbs wont hit you right away, I feel energy after I take in a gel, so feel free to do so. Just make
sure that you are familiar with that gel and how it reacts in your stomach.
Finish on empty! PUSH yourself at the end.
Enjoy!
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