Race Day: Packing And Traveling Can Be Stressful

[caption id="attachment_8067" align="alignright" width="283"]race day - stress - checklist Source: Andy Core[/caption] Race day is nearly here and for the past week I have been planning, packing and getting ready to head out to the race venue.  As triathletes we have a lot of items to deal with when it comes to race day.  It would be easier to take care of if we just had to worry about getting in water and swimming then jumping on the bike and finish with the run.  Unfortunately, our race day also includes transitions, fueling, potential clothing changes, multiple pairs of shoes and multiple pieces of head-gear. When I got into this triathlon life my race day consisted of driving to the venue and having that venue not be too far away.  As the races have gotten bigger so has the travel.  In the 3 years I have raced Half-Ironman and Ironman races I have traveled to San Diego, Phoenix/Tempe, San Juan, The Woodlands, Austin, Maine and let's not forget the trip to Las Vegas for the marathon. In that time I have had my share of stresses come race day.  There are the times when I couldn't get the spare tire affixed to my seat post, or when I was called to see TSA because I had CO2 cartridges in my bags.  There are the times when you get to the race and realize that you don't have socks and need to purchase new ones even though you shouldn't have anything new on race day.  The list of mishaps come race day could take up an entire blog post but I don't want to add stress to your travels to race day so instead I am providing a race day checklist for you to follow. I print out this checklist the Monday before the race and begin to assemble items and check them off the list.  When it comes time to leave my house my race day checklist has multiple checks on it and cross-outs as well as additions as I recall different items I want to add.  This list provides you with the absolute necessities but do not be beholden to this list if you are accustomed to taking something else to your race than I do.  In the end this list should help relieve some of the race day stress of the event and the travel. Race Day Checklist

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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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