I have a LONG list on my phone of everything I need to do before my race.  Here are the highlights:


Figure out what shoes to run in and install my LockLaces.


I have been training in the New Balance 880s and the Asics Gel Nimbus 17s.  I really like both (and will do detailed reviews down the road) but I can’t decide which to run in.  The NB feel like they have a wider toe box, and the Asics have that nice gel cushioning… Decisions, decisions.  I also need to put LockLaces on the shoe of my choice – I don’t want to deal with loose laces during the race!


Figure out my bra situation.


Since I’m currently a card-carrying member of the Big Titty Committee (and I mean that in the nicest way possible to the boobies), I need to think hard about what I’m going to do bra-wise during the race.  I think I’m going to wear my Enell bra (<— click for a review, or click the picture above) under my tri-suit throughout the whole race – even in the swim.  Normally, I pull on a bra AFTER the swim in T1, but I don’t think I could physically stand to run into transition without a bra on.


On that note…


Figure out breastfeeding.


I’m probably leaving the kids at home, so I’m going to pump in the car before the start of the race.  I’ve done this a few times with success.  I just need to remember to bring my cooler so I can keep the milk instead of tossing it out!


SLEEP!  Or try to…


Sleep has been lacking in our house lately.  I can handle one wake-up a night, but I’m crabby after two.  For the past few nights, I’ve been woken up by the kids at least four times in total – I feel delirious.  I’m really going to try to get to bed early for the next few nights, and I plan to sleep downstairs away from the kiddos on Saturday night.


Rest!  No more workouts.

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I haven’t had any long workouts this week, but I have done a bunch of tough ones.  Like – so tough that I wake up super sore.  This morning’s really challenging spin class is probably my last workout before the race, giving me two days of rest. 


And last, but not least, I need to…


Review the race website and study the course maps.

Go to a bike store and buy new gloves because I cannot find mine for the life of me.

Make sure I have everything I need in my flat kit (pray for no flats!).

Buy some HEED or something similar for bike fueling.

Find my USAT card.

GET EXCITED <— check!  I’m already so excited!



  • Sana May 14, 2015, 3:26 pm

    Is this your first tri post baby?? You are back in the game. Rock it out 🙂

    • Caitlin May 14, 2015, 3:36 pm


  • Katalina @ Peas and Peonies May 14, 2015, 3:31 pm

    so excited for this race, I can’t wait to read the recap, love how organized you are.

  • Katie May 14, 2015, 3:58 pm

    Can I just say how fit/healthy/strong you look!?! Way to go Mama!!! That picture of you on the bike–whew! 😉

  • Heather May 14, 2015, 4:11 pm

    Good luck! Sounds like you are well prepared already!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul May 14, 2015, 4:18 pm

    You got this girl!!

  • Sara May 14, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Good luck!! Can’t wait to hear how it goes! 🙂

  • Dana May 14, 2015, 5:16 pm

    I do a few tris each summer and I’ve always just worn a sports bra under my wetsuit/bathing suit for the swim. It works pretty well and is usually dry by the time the bike is done. The tris I do are usually little local ones so there’s not a changing tent for any privacy anyway.

  • Christy May 14, 2015, 6:08 pm

    I also wear my sports bra swimming during sprint triathlons.. No changing necessary and really comfortable for me when I’ve done that, but then again I did some brick workouts with that configuration before the event.
    Good luck and have fun!

  • Dottie @ crazyfitmommy May 14, 2015, 8:34 pm

    I’ve always wondered about wearing a bra under my wetsuit during a tri — are there any chafing issues from the bra being wet for the rest of the race?

    • Caitlin May 15, 2015, 9:53 am

      That’s my fear – we shall fine out!

  • Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me May 14, 2015, 9:52 pm

    Good luck on your Tri girly!!

  • Andrea May 15, 2015, 8:07 am

    The Enell sports bra is frieken amazing! After your review post on it, I immediately ordered one online … it came and fit perfectly! I LOVE how it has a higher neck and back, eliminating that awkward workout cleavage that can happen with other sports bras. Prior to getting the Enell bra, I was always doubling up with 2 cheap sports bras from wal-mart … so it’s a huge difference! Great recommendation, thank you!

  • Laura May 15, 2015, 8:14 am

    One tip for the Lock Laces: make sure your foot is in the shoe when you put them in. Otherwise they will be way too tight and you’ll have to redo the lacing!

    I’m having a hard time imagining putting a sports bra on in T1. Do you just pull it over on top of your tri suit? Doesn’t that look kind of goofy and isn’t it a time waster? I’ve always worn my sports bra under my tri top for the swim portion. Why don’t you normally wear it for the swim?

    • Caitlin May 15, 2015, 9:49 am

      It totally looks goofy but I guess I don’t care 🙂 Hah. I just have never tried swimming with it?

  • Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl May 15, 2015, 9:21 am

    Good luck!

  • Julie May 15, 2015, 11:44 am

    I was going to ask if you’d tried swimming w/ your bra on to test it out, but it sounds like several of the commenters have worn one for their tri’s w/ no problems, & it doesn’t seem like it would be a big deal… I bet you’ll do great! It sounds like a good solution for you. Best of luck! Can’t wait to read your recap.

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