Monday, March 17, 2008


Most of these items I took on my first iron-distance triathlon, ChesapeakeMan, 2005. My second time, IronMan Florida 2006, I added and subtracted lessons learned. The final result you see here includes some stuff I wished I'd had, mostly in my Run Special Needs Bag (the last half of that marathon was COLD!!)

Good luck, IronMen and Women!!

Here it is, folks:


What I'll wear to the race and need before start and after finish (sweats worn over tri-suit or swimsuit, warm wool socks, sock-friendly sandals, hairbrush)
Sunscreen on face only, until after body-marking
Race Swim cap
Goggles (already cleaned with anti-fog stuff)
Extra goggles
Energy food easily accessible (in case start is delayed b/c of weather or surf conditions)
Baby powder (helps my wetsuit slide on)
Protectant for exposed skin if jellyfish are present (Safe Sea is good)

Vinegar or Benadryl Spray if stung by jellyfish
2 hand towels (less cumbersome than one big towel)
Race belt and number
Bike shorts (if not worn under wetsuit)
Sport bra (if not worn under wetsuit)
Jersey (if not worn under wetsuit)
Baby powder to dry the last traces of dampness from feet
Bike shoes
Bike gloves
Spare contacts, small bottle of solution
Helmet (if not checked in with bike)

In jersey pockets:
Small sunscreen
Tube of Neosporin (for road rash; also a good skin lube)
Succeed capsules (salt)
Excedrin (pain reliever, mild anti-inflammatory, little hit of caffeine) Pepto-Bismol or Pepcid Complete
Epi-Pen (bees, fire ants)
Full gel flask

On bike (put on bike prior to check-in):
2 water bottles
2 CO2 cannisters duct-taped to seat post
Bandana tied to aerobars, long enough to reach nose w/o untying

Bento Box with: Foods of choice -- these are mine:
PayDay Bars cut in chunks
Fruit gumdrops
Cheese-filled Combos
String cheese already slightly opened (keeps unrefrigerated, don't worry)
Lip balm
Spare contacts
$10 – you never know…

In Saddlebag
2 tubes
3 more CO2 cannisters & nozzle thingie
2 tire levers
Multi-tool with Allen wrenches
Large Bandaids
Disinfectant wipes
Eyeglass wipes
Kleenex pack in case I have to make an unscheduled pit stop
Extra shoe cleat and screws (in baggie to find easily)
Extra handlebar end piece
Small flat pack of duct tape
Dollar bill - if you get a tire cut, fold in half lengthwise and insert into tire, it'll get you there if the cut's not more than about half an inch

BikeSpecial Needs Bag (all “loseable” stuff, since I won't use all of it)
Spare tube Spare CO2 cannister
2nd flask of gel
Refill on all Bento Box food, in baggie (just empty it in)
Dill pickle & juice in plastic spice bottle
V-8 juice
Bottle of Boost or can of Slim-Fast (I hate Ensure)
(Your nutritional needs will vary)

Run top if changing
Run shorts if changing
Underpants & sports bra if changing
HRM to assess whether I'm still alive in later miles
Change of socks (just in case)
Running shoes

Waist pack with:
Reflective tape on back and belt
Little tube of Vaseline
Salt capsules
Excedrin; Imodium; Pepto-Bismol or Pepcid Complete
Anti-nausea pills (Nauzene)
Gum to get the taste out of my mouth in case I throw up
Long-sleeved shirt (yeah, it fits in my waist pack)
Small, lightweight flashlight
Extra batteries for flashlight
Bug repellent wipes
Spare contacts (like I'm going to go through 3 pairs of contacts)
Gels etc. if not counting on what’s at aid stations
Hairbrush – to make myself beautiful in last mile for finish photo

Run Special Needs Bag ( all “losable” stuff)
2nd long-sleeved shirt
Long pants
V-8 Juice
Dill pickle in plastic spice bottle
(Your nutritional preferences will vary)


2008 GOALS said...

Steve's going to love your lists! He's leaving to backpack in Philmont for two weeks and is thinking about IM FL 2009!

I'm so sorry we missed you while you were almost here! If this state were a little smaller, it'd sure be easier to catch up with people!


Rose said...

HAHAH! A kindred spirit! Hoorah!

Janita Poe said...

I found a link to Ellie's list on Beginner Triathlete.
Here's another posted by a commenter:

Janita Poe
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