1. Ride the updated bike course—check!
1.5. Treat myself to a post-bike iced coffee—check!
Yesterday morning, my mom and I drove to Skaneateles, NY so I could ride the updated 11-mile bike course. (She’s the best, I know.) Luckily, we drove it before I headed out on my bike; a wrong turn at the beginning of the route took us off the course, and my mom’s iPad saved the day. Overall, the ride seemed relatively easy (famous last words, right?) and very forgiving for a newbie rider like me: Its short distance (most sprint triathlons contain bike courses of 14-18 miles) and moderate terrain (only two true climbs) will hopefully make for a fast ride. Plus, it contains some flat stretches, so I’ll be able to coast if I need to back off the pace.
2. Pick up race packet at Syracuse Bicycle—check!
2.5. Admire swag—check!
Not going to lie, I kept my fingers crossed that the Skinnyman swim caps would have fun designs, especially since the Cazenovia Triathlon ones were plain. And check out this loot! You can never have too many drawstring bags, and there were a few sample products I’ll actually use inside. I’m excited to try the Chia Running Food and the Tierra Farm organic trail mix.
3. Repair small tears (again, sigh) in wetsuit—check!
The glamorous life of a triathlete.
4. Paint nails to match swim cap—check!
For the Cazenovia Triathlon, I thought it would be fun if my nails matched my swim cap, so I painted them green. And since I have purple nail polish, I figured I might as well continue this tri tradition.
5. Organize and pack tri gear—check!
Last time, I made the rookie mistake of forgetting to bring a change of clothes—oops. (But since I live less than one mile away from the race site, it wasn’t a big deal.) Tomorrow, however, I will not want to make the 40-minute drive home while wearing sweaty gear, so I’m bringing a clean bra, t-shirt, and pair of shorts (plus my “emergency kit,” which contains deodorant, body spray, and antibacterial hand gel).
6. Check bike and pump tires—check!
Everything felt A-OK on yesterday’s ride, and I pumped my tires this afternoon; I’ll check them again tomorrow morning.
7. Get quarters for parking meters—check!
Street parking will be available, and after checking the village of Skaneateles’ website, it looks like I’ll have to pay to park tomorrow even though it’s a Saturday. Boo.
8. Set wake-up call—check!
It seems like yesterday I was a young college sophomore whose night on the town ended at 3 a.m. And that’s when I’ll be waking up to do a triathlon tomorrow morning. Things sure have changed.
Tell me about your race-day preparations. Do you take care of everything ahead of time, or do you complete things the morning-of?