Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Packing for a Half-Ironman

My biggest dilemma for this Saturday's Oceanside 70.3 is what I'm going to pack. I'll admit it - No matter where I go, I overpack. Why would I want to be in a position where I'm unprepared? In my mind, I envision being in each moment during the race, and I pack accordingly. This is what I'm bringing with me this weekend:


  • Headlamp - It's gonna be dark
  • Tri Top, shorts, and flip flops. I'll be wearing these to the race, but I have to remember to pack them before I leave for Oside!
  • Garmin Forerunner 920xt
  • Heart Rate Monitor (I Forgot this at my last 70.3 and wanted to cry)
  • Garmin Vivosmart HR (yes, I want to bring both Garmins - they serve different purposes outside of the nasty tans I'll get)
  • Chamois butter? I don't use this but it seems like everyone else does. 

Transition Area

    • Bike Pump - they're asking us to drop off our bikes the day before
    • Towel to lay on ground
    Nutrition for Swim:
    • I usually pack a coconut water to drink before my race. I sip this and do most of my hydrating the night before. 
    • Some sort of fruit - I'll eat this as I walk in to drop off my stuff. Usually an Apple or a nectarine. 
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly - this is breakfast at 3am. 
    • Nuun Tabs. These things are magic in my water. 


    • Sunblock
    • Wetsuit
    • Tri-Glide
    • Goggles
    • Swim Cap from Ironman
    • Towel
    • Chapstick - I swear by Carmex
    • Water Bottle to clean off feet
    • I eat a Clif Bar and down a salt tab before I leave. 
    • I will drink water because swimming makes me thirsty. If I have enough coconut water from before I'll usually sip some of this because it hydrates me more than water does. 
    • Sunblock. Lots of spraying sunblock. 


    • My bike. I should definitely bring my bike. 
    • Helmet
    • Sunglasses
    • Shoes
    • Race belt
    • Race Number Bib
    • Bike Shoes
    • Bike Socks
    • Riding Cap
    • Gloves
    • Water Bottle for Electrolytes
    • Disposable Water Bottle to trade volunteers with
    • Chapstick - I swear by Carmex
    • Jersey, loaded with my nutrition in the back
      • Clif Bar 
      • Honey Stinger Waffles (2)
      • Honey Stinger Chews
      • Jelly Belly Sport Beans
      • Extra Nuun Tabs
      • Electrolytes - SaltStick Tabs, Hammer Endurolytes to take - usually one per hour on the ride. 
      • The goal is to consume about 250 calories every hour I'm on the bike. 
    • I will probably eat some Honey Stinger chews and drink a bit of water here. No real prep because there will be aid stops on the run. 
    • Sunblock
    • Double check for race belt
    • Switch to running shoes
    • Grab my hat!


    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • More sunblock
    • Running Shoes
    • Running Socks
    • Chapstick - I swear by Carmex


    • Compression Socks
    • Shirt to change into

    See? I did it again! I overpacked. But I'm going to be so full and so prepared. I'm really excited! Thoughts? AM I MISSING ANYTHING?!

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