by Coach Steve

Pre-race preparation:
USAT license (buying yearly license is cost effective for 3 or more races per season)
Race information
Race start time
Directions to race
Food/gels/hydration

Airline tickets if required
Hotel reservation information
Hotel directions
Transportation arrangements if needed

International race:
Passport

Pre-race equipment check:
Swim
Wetsuit (working zipper, check seams)
Goggles (anti-fog still works, extra goggles)

Bike
Bolts and Quick releases tight
Ends of handlebars plugged
Gears work (with race wheels)
Brakes work (with race wheels)
Tires (inflate to full pressure; check for cuts)
True wheels

Run
Running shoes (lace locks or stretchy laces work, adjusted and tested in training)
Orthotics if applicable (make sure they work in race shoes)
Lubricant for hot spots; no socks (1/2 and full IM excepted)!

Race day necessities:
Wetsuit
Goggles
Wetsuit lube if necessary

Bike
Helmet
Bike shoes
Pump
Water bottle(s)
Spare wheels, and/or tubes and spare tires
Basic bike tools: Allen wrenches, etc.

Running shoes (with lace locks or stretchy laces)

Race outfit
Race belt
Transition towel
Hydration mix
Energy bars/Gels
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Cap/Visor
Safety pins
Disposable sandals
Disposable warm-up clothing
Watch and/or HRM
Change of clothing
Emergency phone numbers
Cell phone (to call fans back home ASAP after win)!

A good luck charm :)

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