Here are some resources that I wish I’d had when I started triathlon. I’ve developed them out of necessity over the past 10 years. Note: these resources are pretty personalized to me (i.e. nutritional/hydration needs, equipment preferences, etc) so you’ll need to adjust to fit YOU. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!
This first download is a step-by-step list of things you need to do from registration to race week.
Then we have an itinerary which is mainly all of the fine details of your race (who/what/where/when…). You can send a copy to your significant other and/or guardian for their peace of mind.
Next up is a goal setting template where you can input your “process” goals (things in your control, e.g. Wearing my lucky socks) and “outcome” goals (things that you want to happen but aren’t necessarily in your control, e.g. Winning!)
The third is a pretty solid pack list that is specific to triathlon and includes a few travel packing tips (remove your CO2 cartridges!). If the item doesn’t apply to you (e.g. tampons) feel free to cross it off and move on.
For 2-weeks out from Race Day, here are some tips (i.e. fueling properly) and checklists (so many things to remember!).
If you (like me) like to make many “to do” lists, you may want to also sort out your week leading into the race. Adjust to your personal goals, schedule, nutritional needs and preferences!
The last 24 hours (ish) before a race are where many of the little things get done. Rather than worry about forgetting something, use this handy checklist! Again, adjust to your needs.
Top off your preparation by preparing a race plan: a breakdown of your strategies for nutrition, pacing, etc. This is your game plan to execute your race and accomplish your goals.
Finally, in case you (like me) tend to get some race week doubt creep, here’s a list of some of my common fears, why they are SO NOT going to rule me, and why I CHOOSE to do this triathlon thing in spite of them.
So, there you have it. My inner triathlon geek expressed in all of its spreadsheet glory. Just download, adjust to your liking, print, and stare at adoringly.