For more, check out:  Race Prep:  One Week Out


Ah.  Three days to go.


I’m nervous.  Whenever I say, “I’m nervous,” my mom says, “Are you nervous or just excited?” and the answer is usually, “Oh, I’m actually excited.”  I am excited for this triathlon, but yes – I’m nervous, too.  It’s okay to be nervous.  If I wasn’t nervous, I would be insane.  Doing all my race prep has made me feel a lot better, though!


So, we already covered what to do One Week Out, and now it’s time to address the more acute issues.  Here’s what I’ve been doing to get ready:


Check the weather.  Oh God.  The weather.  Does anyone else check the race day forecast over and over, even though we all know weather forecasts aren’t really reliable until 24 hours or so before?  Yeah.  Me too.  Saturday is lookin’ good, though!  Partly cloudy would be wonderful. 


Figure out driving directions.  If the race is nearby and in a very unfamiliar location, I will sometimes do a test drive to the race start just so I don’t get lost the morning of the event.  My tri is about 40 minutes away, so I’ve made do by studying Google Maps.  I definitely, definitely, definitely know how to get there.


Make a playlist.  There’s no music allowed during the bike or run portions of USAT triathlons, so I’ll be sans musical motivation for this race.  However, I really love to craft a fun playlist for running races.  I am not ashamed to admit that my current favorite running song is…. 

Figure out your race outfit.  Now, this is way, way, way more complex for triathlons than it is for running races.  For running races, all you need to do is wear something you have already run a long run in.  Very important!  Don’t buy a cute new outfit for race day unless you’re willing to risk chafing.  Also, consider the weather forecast – if it’s going to be chilly, consider wearing layers that you can take off as you go or bring a throw-away sweatshirt to wear at the starting line (most races will pick up tossed clothes and donate to Goodwill).  If you’ve already got your bib number, pin it on your shirt.  Also, if you have a long drive home, bring an extra change of clothes.


As mentioned, packing for triathlons is a little harder, which is why I start organizing my gear a few days ahead of time.  Here’s my Essential Sprint Triathlon Packing List.


One of my current conundrums is that I’m not sure what I’ll be wearing during the triathlon.  Usually, I wear my one-piece trisuit (that’s tri-suit, not Triscuit cracker…). 


However, I am 99% sure that my trisuit will not fit my post-partum body (still need to pull it on), and I’m not willing to buy a new suit for a few races, so I need to make do with what I have.  I’m thinking about swimming in a sports bra and bike shorts and pulling on a jersey for the bike and run.  I’ll just give the seat of the shorts a good squeeze before sitting on the bike; otherwise, water will POUR down into my shoes.  I don’t want to race in a swimsuit because I don’t really own one that fits (by the way, I ordered the Tsunami suit and am super pumped for it to arrive).


I also need to check my bike and make sure I have all the tools necessary to repair a flat in my bike bag.  Let’s pray I don’t blow a tire mid-race, though.


There are a few more things to do before the race, but I’m saving all that until Friday night.  Until then… I’ll just be trying to calm my nerves!



  • Marissa@ohhhsolovely August 22, 2012, 7:58 am

    so many things to do to prep for a race, but you are SO organized! makes it much easier to get ready! good luck!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 22, 2012, 8:03 am

    You definitely have this well planned – being mentally prepared can be as important as being physically ready! 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 22, 2012, 8:07 am

    I like your Triscuit… I mean tri suit! 😉 I actually have a friend who is considering training for a tri so I am going to forward her a bunch of links to your triathlon posts, including this one!

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes August 22, 2012, 8:08 am

    Good luck, Caitlin–you will do great! I gather, organize, and pack my tribag a few days before the event itself … and I inevitability check it three or four times to make sure I didn’t forget anything. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 22, 2012, 8:10 am

    hahahaha trisuit does look like triscuit! And I’m glad you’re excited, I’m sure it will be fun!

  • Kelly August 22, 2012, 8:11 am

    YAY! I am so excited for you!!

  • laine August 22, 2012, 8:11 am

    Good luck! I did my first tri this past weekend, the Toyota SheROX series and it was so fun!! I was so glad I had stuck to my training plan this summer (even though it meant missing out on some lazy beach days) and that I had practiced laying out all my gear and doing my brick workouts. It made such a difference in my confidence.

    Another thing I do to prepare is to study the race course maps, and if possible drive them beforehand if its a little ways away, or use them as my training routes if they are close by. Then I know what my mind and body will be like on each course and I can talk myself through any nerves that come up.

  • Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner August 22, 2012, 8:25 am

    Good luck! You will do great! Amazing that you are getting back out there so soon…

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 22, 2012, 8:31 am

    Ok ok, I’ll admit it too. I had Bieb’s “Boyfriend” in my half marathon playlist this weekend. Running playlists are always chocked full of horrible pop music, no?

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 22, 2012, 8:32 am

    3 days, so close! So excited for you!

  • Anna August 22, 2012, 8:59 am

    Good luck! It will be fine, enjoy the excitement!

  • Chelsea @ Dine & Dash Diaries August 22, 2012, 9:18 am

    I have the same nervous-excited-anxious issues. I always think I’m nervous at the start line, but I’m really just excited race day is here!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 22, 2012, 9:48 am

    Wow – a lot of thought goes into prepping for a triathlon!

    It’s so impressive that you’re already getting back into the racing game – definitely inspiring!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 22, 2012, 11:13 am

    SO much planning to do for a tri. I’ve never done one before but it’s crazy to think about that there is to do!

  • Danielle @ LMYR August 22, 2012, 11:13 am

    Ok, so I wasn’t really nervous for Saturday until you brought up that there are ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT!!!! Guess it’s time to practice my transitions! I was able to get out to the LKN Y this past Saturday to swim the course, so that took a lot of my nerves away. I’m also doing the tri shorts + sports bra for the swim, but I feel super self-conscious in that. But I guess no one sees you in the water, right? Are you doing the pre-race meeting the day before? If so, I’ll keep an eye out for you! Good luck!

  • Leah August 22, 2012, 11:16 am

    Good luck!! Make sure you hydrate and get lots of sleep (probably easier said than done with a newborn) too!

    • Neel August 22, 2012, 12:34 pm

      Good luck but maybe buy cheap bikini shorts you van cut at the hips after pulling on the cycle shorts?

  • AD August 22, 2012, 12:36 pm

    Once for a sprint tri, I thought I could get away with bike shirts and a sports bra for the swim- luckily I swam once before hand in my sports bra- and discovered it got very loose in the water! (even though it was pretty tight dry). So my advice is to try it out first! Good luck! I admire you- I had twins two weeks before you had the bebe and I can’t imagine trying a tri right now!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 22, 2012, 1:10 pm

    You’re so organized–NICE work. I have yet to start gathering stuff for my half IronMan this Saturday…BUT I do know what I am wearing 🙂

  • Joyce August 22, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the review! I’ll be doing a sprint tri then same day as you. Lots of good energy thoughts headed your way. I’ll be thinking of you as I’m out there racing !

  • Mary August 22, 2012, 8:38 pm

    I am so obsessed with the weather before a race…I watch the forecast on on the 10 day forecast. But you are right. It changes multiple times as race day approaches. I still do it though. Also be careful about the bike shorts to swim in. If you haven’t ever swam in them do a quck trial swim first and make sure they don’t get really heavy and come off when you are swimming from the drag. That would be a big wardrobe malfuntion for sure! Good luck on your race…you’ll rock it out!

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