Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Half Ironman List

I'm a lists guy.  I don't like forgetting anything that I might need for a race.  I try to bring everything.  If I don't use something I've brought that's fine, maybe I'll use it next time!  This is my list of half Ironman pre-race, race, and post-race items.  It's likely that this is not a complete list of all the items I'll bring to a race but it includes most of them.  Sprint, Olympic, HIM and full IM distance races require similar items though the quantity of nutrition items will of course be greatest for full IM events.  I add or remove items as needed.  Some racers separate their items in bags by swim, bike, or run.  I separate them on my list but not when I pack.  I put everything into one plastic bin, if it will fit.  The items that won't fit into the bin will go into my transition bag or in the back of my SUV.

The list is broken down into pre-race, swim, bike, run and post-race items.  Many items are used in more than one segment of a race but are included in the list only once.  For example, the headlamp could be used to see in the transition area on the morning of the race and, if needed, after dark on the run. Nutrition will be taken when need throughout the day.  I bring 2 sets of wheels just in case something happens to one set prior to a race.  The weather also added an unknown that has to be planned for days in advance.  I brought my Giro Advantage 2 aero helmet and my Bell Sweep helmet to the Ironman Augusta 70.3.  If it had been hot I would have worn the Bell helmet.  Since it was cold and rainy I wore the Giro with to concern for over-heating.  I was glad I brought both.

Nutrition can be a list in itself with Gatorade, Muscle Milk, salt tablets, Perpetuem, Clif bars, GU energy gel and the hydration system and bento box to carry it all.

I always drink a smoothie before a race so I have to be sure to pack my blender and ingredients.

Camera & chargerTie wraps
Electrical tapeTire pump
Headlamp & batteriesTools
Jersey Trash bags
SandalsWarm clothes
ShortsWet weather clothes
Clif BarsGU
BodyGlideSwim Cap
BikeRace belt
Bike shoesRace wheels
Bike shortsSocks
Chamois butt'rSpare tube(s)
CO2 cartridgesSunglasses
Heart rate monitor & strapTire levers
Helmet, aeroTowel
Helmet, regularTransition bag
IdentificationTransition mat
MoneyWater bottles
Patch kit
Running shoesVisor
Paper towelsQ-Tips
Post-race clothes

I'm sure there are items that I've forgotten.  I'll add and remove gear as needed.