Over the course of two years we make so many improvements in our “game”. We learn how to cut a few seconds off the swim by hugging the buoys or getting on someone’s hip, losing the socks if we are able to on the bike and run, using lock laces instead of tying shoes, but the biggest time saver of all is …
I am not talking about the time it takes, but on how you set it up.
We were talking about this earlier this season, mostly how it seems that we are missing something now when we pack our gear for a race. Especially for a sprint race. It used to be a habit of mine to take a picture of my set up after going through everything for my race. I looked back at a few of those first years races and had to laugh at the amount of things I schlepped into the bike setup for even a short race. It consisted of:
· Two pairs of goggles
· Three sets of ear plugs
· Race cap
· Wet suit
· Bike Helmet
· Bike Gloves
· Skull Cap
· Bike Shoes
· Race Watch
· Running Shoes
· 3 water bottles
· Towel (never be without a towel)
· 2nd pair of socks
· 50,000 Hammer Gels in Assorted flavors
· Race Belt (with water bottles … even for a 5k)
In addition Jennifer was known to bring a hair brush and water for rinsing feet off. J
That’s a lot of crap to cram onto a small mat under your bike.
So I looked at the current set up we have. Instead of writing it, I created (cuz I am a nerd) a Visio Drawing (ask you IT guy). See below:
A lot different eh?
I think over time you slowly figure out what you absolutely need and what is “nice to have”. All the rest just bogs you down and creates havoc in transition areas. Because you know damn well someone is going to kick your stuff. Point of fact is during recent Crystal River race I get to my run transition and some put their bike OVER my mat.
That bike met the pavement …
You can read about all of this in many books, and every triathlon coach will tell you the optimum set up (for them), but it comes down to what works for you in the easiest and fastest way possible.
It’s a process after all.
Swim Calm … Bike Strong … Run Steady