Tomorrow is my Sprint Triathlon!  I am excited and a little nervous – but mostly excited.


Wanna read some of my previous triathlon race recaps?



Perhaps the most panic-inducing moment of a triathlon is not the swim, bike, or run – it’s the packing!  You have to bring a lot of gear to a triathlon!  It’s easy to feel like you’re forgetting something important.  So here’s my Essential Sprint Triathlon Packing List.  There’s a million different extra things to bring to a bring, but if you pack all of this, you’ll be just fine.


Don’t forget the BIKE!




Trisuit ( or swimsuit)

Wetsuit if it is legal (not for this race)

Goggles + an extra pair (in case a strap breaks)

Swim cap (you will usually get a cap in your race bag as well)





Bucket + towels to wash and dry sandy feet

Bike shoes


Hair tie


Bike gloves


CO2 Pump in case you get a flat on the road

Replacement bike tube

Bike pump

Calories (Gatorade, Gu, PB sandwich)

Water bottle

Garmin / Bike computer







Bib number belt / Spibelt

Any other essential running gear



Change of clothes

Post-race snack


Whew – the car is FULL!   Wish me luck.


Oh, and guess what?  We’re under contract on our first home! 


We close on July 22.  We are absolutely thrilled and cannot wait to tackle some epic Do It Yourself projects, let the dogs run around their new backyard, host dinner parties, and fill the rooms with babies!



  • Jen June 11, 2011, 9:00 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! What an exciting time for you guys!

  • Abby June 11, 2011, 9:02 pm

    Woohooooo!!!!!!!111 Congrats!!

  • Errign June 11, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Good luck at your tri & soooo many congratulations! Awesome news 🙂

  • Katie June 11, 2011, 9:10 pm

    Congrats on the house! 🙂

  • Carol June 11, 2011, 9:10 pm

    What a great way to end the week. Congrats!

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey June 11, 2011, 9:11 pm

    Congrats on the house! I’d been keeping up with your tweets, and know it went back-and-forth a few times. Yay!!


  • Christine June 11, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Congrats! You guys made it happens so fast!

  • jen @ taste life June 11, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Congrats on the house!!! Good luck tomorrow.

  • Lizzy June 11, 2011, 9:24 pm

    YAY congrats on the house! this is so exciting! and good luck tomorrow! 🙂 you can do it!

  • Rebecca June 11, 2011, 9:25 pm

    CONGRATS! and good luck tomorrow! You can do it! 😀

  • Kristyn June 11, 2011, 9:28 pm

    Huge congrats on the house!!! Good luck too, girl!

  • Abby June 11, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Congrats on the house and good luck tomorrow! 🙂

  • Bee Goes Bananas June 11, 2011, 9:30 pm

    So exciting for the house and the race! Congratulations and good luck!!

    PS – I’m sure this question has been answered before, but do you have any problems with your knee braces sliding down during runs? Ones I’ve worn in the past had that tendency.

    • CaitlinHTP June 11, 2011, 9:31 pm

      Not those – gotta buy them tight though!

  • Cynthia @ Cynthia's Adventures June 11, 2011, 9:34 pm

    Good luck on your race tomorrow!! You will do great 🙂

  • Laura Z June 11, 2011, 9:34 pm

    Good luck. Looks like you are ready for both adventures.

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) June 11, 2011, 9:34 pm

    I like how you have “bike” on your list. I have a feeling that somebody, somewhere, at some point, has forgotten that when packing for a tri. Have a great race!

  • Caroline Calcote June 11, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read all about the new house. Good luck on the tri!

  • Baking 'n' Books June 11, 2011, 9:36 pm

    A triathlon seems like too much work – just in the packing!

    Good luck tommorow!

    “Fill the room with babies”…ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  • Hillary June 11, 2011, 9:37 pm

    What an exciting day for you guys!! Congrats and good luck tomorrow!

  • Kristina June 11, 2011, 9:40 pm

    Congrats on the house! That’s super exciting.
    And good luck tomorrow! I was totally stressed about forgetting something major when packing for my first tri. I did end up forgetting something essential for the trip but not for the tri (the poles for our tent – oops).
    I would also add “sunscreen” as a major must!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) June 11, 2011, 9:40 pm

    Wow congrats guys!!! Awesome news. 🙂

    Also that first picture of the bike is frame worthy!

  • Dori June 11, 2011, 9:41 pm

    Congrats on your house and good luck tomorrow!

  • Mel June 11, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! This post is perfect timing as I’m currently sitting on the couch, procrastinating my final packing for my sprint tri tomorrow.

    Just curious, at what point in tomorrow’s race do you anticipate eating a pb sandwich?

    • CaitlinHTP June 11, 2011, 10:01 pm

      On the bike most likely. it’s easy to bike and eat.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 11, 2011, 9:44 pm

    YES. I am SOOO glad you are under contract. What an awesome feeling! Congratulations! I am sure you are running on lots of positive vibes right now.. and those will carry you through a successful tri tomorrow.. good luck!

  • jess @ upsanddownes June 11, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Congrats! So exciting for you! Being a homeowner is SO fulfilling- Enjoy!

  • Caitlin @ TPL June 11, 2011, 9:50 pm

    Oh my gosh, such an exciting weekend! Best of luck on the race and congrats on the house!! Can’t wait to see it!!

  • Jenny June 11, 2011, 9:51 pm

    Congrats on the house!!! So exciting!!

  • Beth @ 990 Square June 11, 2011, 9:54 pm

    congrats on the house and good luck at the race tomorrow!!

  • Courtney Leigh June 11, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Good luck on the race tomorrow! You’re going to be awesome.

    And congrats on being under contract. Now the question is – What house did you pick?

    • CaitlinHTP June 11, 2011, 10:01 pm

      I will share it when we close 😉

  • Kris June 11, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Congrats!! Good luck tomorrow, you’ll do great!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 11, 2011, 10:09 pm

    Awww yay! Congrats on the house!

  • Mrs. Muffins June 11, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I’m so excited for you! Well, the race of course but most importantly the house! What an exciting weekend! I bet tomorrow will be an epic race. Good luck!

  • Selena June 11, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Congrats. It makes me smile to see “fill the rooms with babies”. I remember buying our house and imagining and hoping for just that. Now, we’ve had this house for 11 years and have 3 little girls. The house is FULL. I wouldn’t have it any other way though and wish you the same happiness…

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 11, 2011, 10:28 pm

    AHHHHH! Congratulations! I’m so ecstatic for you. Buying your first home is so exciting and awesome. We’ve been at our house for a year and a half now and we can’t believe how much we’ve accomplished already. It feels incredible!

  • veggieberry June 11, 2011, 10:30 pm


    I have been reading your blog for a while and Just wanted to say that your blog has inspired me to create my own blog.

    I’m going to try to run a race per month for a whole year! My blog will hopefully hold me accountable!

    Thanks for being so inspirational!

  • Carol June 11, 2011, 10:31 pm

    YEAH!!! WOHOO!!! So happy for the both of you!

    Best of luck tomorrow!!! You will do great!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg June 11, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Congrats on the house!!!

    Good luck tomorrow — you’ll do great!

  • Corrie Anne June 11, 2011, 10:39 pm

    WOW! Good luck tomorrow and a huge congratulations on the house! What a big week for you!! I see they are getting ready for a tri near my house, and I want to cheer everybody on tomorow!! 🙂

  • Marie June 11, 2011, 10:40 pm

    Woooo congrats!!! So glad the seller accepted! And you will be awesome tomorrow 🙂

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 11, 2011, 10:50 pm

    GOOD LUCK!!!! So much exciting stuff happening in your life, but stay focused on being positive for the race and kicking butt 🙂

  • Khushboo June 11, 2011, 10:59 pm

    Wooo Congrats! I’m sure that alone will give you enough adrenalaine to smash the race- good luck!!

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass June 11, 2011, 11:02 pm

    Congratulations on your first house! Super excited for your family!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 11, 2011, 11:11 pm

    Congratulations on the house! So exciting 🙂 Good luck tomorrow!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) June 11, 2011, 11:17 pm

    Congratulations on the house!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀

    Good luck tomorrow with your race! You’ll do great!

  • Danielle June 11, 2011, 11:33 pm

    Congrats on the house and good luck tomorrow! 🙂

  • 'laina June 12, 2011, 12:15 am

    Congrats! and HAVE FUN at your race!

    (that’s a long closing period! or am I the oddball who had a 2 day closing?)

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 12, 2011, 12:23 am

    Congrats on the new house – and best of luck for the race!!!

  • Carin June 12, 2011, 12:24 am

    Congratulations to you and the Hubby – what exciting news!

    Don’t be in too much of a rush with the projects etc. – it can really take over your life if you’re trying to do too much whilst working.

    Just take your time, have fun and enjoy each others’ company…. and that’s good advice on the “filling the house with babies” goal too!

  • ashley@cookingforjohn June 12, 2011, 12:32 am

    congrats on the home! filling the rooms with babies sounds lovely! 🙂

    good luck tomorrow, you will rock it!

  • Nicole June 12, 2011, 12:44 am

    Good luck tomorrow!! can’t wait to celebrate!

  • Christy June 12, 2011, 12:57 am

    Wooo! Go kick some ass.

    And congrats on the new house.

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life June 12, 2011, 12:58 am

    Congrats on the house! SO exciting! Think of all the fun DIY things you can do during your swim tomorrow. It will go right by! Good luck!

  • Kathleen June 12, 2011, 1:29 am

    Good luck tomorrow and congrats to you both on the house. Exciting and so much fun to make it your own.

  • Katie June 12, 2011, 1:30 am

    CONGRATULATIONS on the house and good luck on the race!! I’ll send you positive energy!

  • Lauren June 12, 2011, 1:47 am

    awesome essential packing list- i will most certainly use that in a few weeks! good luck tomorrow and have some fun!! you will be great!!! and congrats on the house!! yayayay!

  • Alexa June 12, 2011, 2:18 am

    Congrats on the house and good luck tomorrow!

  • Lisa June 12, 2011, 3:22 am

    Exciting news! Congrats on the house and good luck on the sprint – you’re gonna do great!

    BTW, before making any major changes in the house, you might want to live in it awhile, to see how you’re actually using the spaces and to see “what the house wants”. Might sound weird but it might be that you’ll end up loving some aspect that you never thought you would, or

  • Lisa June 12, 2011, 3:23 am

    (sorry about that!) or a renovation might lead to a different idea that could be achieved in a different way, etc. Anyway, congrats again!

  • Brittnie June 12, 2011, 3:47 am

    congrats!!! So exciting! Good luck in the race… you will do great!

  • Nathalie June 12, 2011, 5:38 am

    Congrats on the house, oh this is sooo exciting!

    Good luck for the Tri! I am looking forward to your race recap with anticipation…and the box of Kleenex 😉 Your recaps ALWAYS make me cry! Go get em girl 🙂

  • Little Bookworm June 12, 2011, 6:39 am

    Congratulations on the house! 😀

  • Céline June 12, 2011, 6:43 am

    Congratulations on your future home! Very exciting 🙂
    Good luck on your triathlon.

  • Jennifer June 12, 2011, 7:27 am

    Good luck and congratulations! You certainly are going to have a busy month and a half 🙂

  • Karen June 12, 2011, 7:54 am

    Good luck today! (Not that you need it: you’re totally gonna KILL this!!) You rock!

    Congrats on the house. I’ll send good vibes and say a few prayers that everything goes very smoothly for you as the process goes on! Yaaaaaay!

  • Marian June 12, 2011, 8:13 am

    Caitlin, CONGRATULATIONS on your new home! How exciting for you and the hubby. So happy for you 🙂

    Good luck this morning! you’ll do great!

  • Michelle@ Crazy*Running*Legs June 12, 2011, 8:23 am

    Congrats on being under contract!! You’re probably racing as I type this – but good luck!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 12, 2011, 8:24 am

    Congrats on the house and good luck today! What an exciting weekend for you! 😀

  • Deanna June 12, 2011, 8:29 am

    Congrats on your house! Good luck on your race, I know you will do great. I can’t wait to read your recap. I always love your blog and look forward to it daily!

  • Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg June 12, 2011, 8:49 am

    Good luck today Caitlin, and congrats on the house! I can’t wait to see it!

  • jassy June 12, 2011, 8:54 am

    congrats on the house 🙂 is it near your area now? or is it in another town 🙂

    goodluck on your race.

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats June 12, 2011, 8:56 am

    Congrats on the house!! Good luck today too! Such exciting things going on 🙂

  • Kristi June 12, 2011, 9:00 am

    Good luck!!

  • Christina June 12, 2011, 9:01 am

    Congrats on the house!!! Can’t wait to see pictures!!
    I just wanted to pass on a SUPER helpful tip that my sister-in-law, who lives in San Diego and frequents the beaches with her family, gave me a couple years ago as a solution to get all the wet sand/dirt off your feet and body: BABY POWDER!! I could not believe how well it worked either! It just makes everything magically come off your skin leaving it dry and baby powder fresh 🙂 And it probably takes up less space than bringing a bucket along with to your races.
    Just thought I would offer it as a suggestion to you and all the other readers!

  • Mac June 12, 2011, 9:02 am

    Congrats on the house and good luck on the tri! Sounds like a big weekend for you!

  • Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health June 12, 2011, 9:06 am

    Good luck today! you will do awesome 🙂

  • Lauren @ LaDolcePita June 12, 2011, 9:21 am

    Caitlin, congratulations on the house!!! So huge, and so exciting for you & the hus. Can’t wait to see all your posts about moving in, decorating, & getting settled 🙂 Good luck today on your tri, too!

  • Wendy June 12, 2011, 9:21 am

    CONGRATS on your first house! I hope things continue to go smoothly! And good luck on your tri!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 12, 2011, 9:32 am

    Congrats! I hope the contract stuff goes smoothly for you guys! Can’t wait to see pics of the house.

  • Whitley June 12, 2011, 9:48 am

    …the do it yourself projects get old reallllly quick…just a warning.

  • Stephanie June 12, 2011, 9:59 am

    Good luck on the race! I’ve always wanted to train for a tri.

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out June 12, 2011, 10:13 am

    Congrats on the house!!

    Good luck on the race!!

    I can’t wait to read the recap!

  • Amanda June 12, 2011, 10:38 am

    Congrats on the house, good luck on the race. I think it was the magic sprinkles in the caramel bars. 😉

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture June 12, 2011, 11:03 am

    Congrats on the house and good luck for the race! 🙂

  • E June 12, 2011, 11:09 am

    Good luck with the race & congratulations on the exciting house news!!!! 😀

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 12, 2011, 11:33 am

    Wow, congrats on the house!! You’ll have a lot more packing to do!

  • theorist June 12, 2011, 12:14 pm

    what an allstar weekend! congrats and goodluck!!!

  • theorist June 12, 2011, 12:14 pm

    what an allstar weekend! congrats and goodluck!!!

  • Alaina June 12, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Congratulations! That’s awesome!! 🙂

  • Amber K June 12, 2011, 12:24 pm

    Have a great race and congrats again on the house!!

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary) June 12, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Congrats on the new home Caitlin! 😀 SO very exciting.

    Seems like there’s a lot to remember to bring to a tri… yikes. Def a good idea to make a list!

    PS I finally cooked a ‘real’ meal last night for guests for the first time since my injury in March 😀 😀 😀 Can you tell I’m excited ? haha. VERY exciting to be *almost* back to normal. Just have to not over due it and listen to my PT. God bless PT’s! 😉

  • Alison @ The Peacock Diaries June 12, 2011, 1:26 pm

    I would be that person who forgets their bike. I’m totally woolly-headed sometimes.

    And congrats on your new home!

  • Kim L. June 12, 2011, 1:29 pm

    What an exciting weekend for you!!!! You need some rest and relaxation next week. Hope the triathlon went well and can’t wait to see pictures of your new home. Enjoy all of the positive things happening in your life right now : )

  • Lacey @ Lake Life June 12, 2011, 2:21 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! I love how the line to sign is a little house key.

  • Amanda June 12, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Congrats on the house news!!! So exciting!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef June 12, 2011, 7:57 pm

    congrats on the house!!

  • Shannon June 12, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Such a helpful post!!!! I am doing my first triathlon in 2 Saturdays and I am beyond nervous! Thanks for such great advice and congrats on the house!

  • Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup June 13, 2011, 8:02 am

    Congrats Caitlin! I’m glad that after all the stresses that come along with purchasing a home — everything is starting to work out!

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa June 13, 2011, 9:48 am

    Congratulations on the house!!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) June 13, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Congrats on the house!! And I really liked this post on preping the night before a tri. It will prove useful to me later one 😉 maybe. haha.

  • kristen June 13, 2011, 4:55 pm

    congrats!!!! I am catching up your blogs today, and I am so excited to readthis! Pretty sure I was holding my breath the whole time haha

    When I did my first sprint triathlon, I was SO nervous. I had dreams for WEEKS before that I forgot something. On race day my googles broke, luckily i had an extra pair!

  • Jolene ( June 14, 2011, 1:05 am

    Yipppeeeeeeee!!! You got it!!!! Congratulations to you both!

  • Kimberly May 18, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Thank you for writing this post! I have my first Sprint Triathlon tomorrow and this list helped me stay organized and stress less about packing. I plan to use the same system — it will help ease my Type A list-maker side 🙂 haha — when the bag is empty, I am good to go – CHECK MARK!

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