Happy Friday, friends! This time tomorrow, I’ll be in Miami for my first triathlon of the season—woohoo! In completely unrelated news, Syracuse plays Michigan tomorrow night.
Unfortunately, the tipoff is scheduled for 8:49 p.m. (so approximate), so I won’t be able to watch the game; early to bed for an early morning filled with swimming, biking, and running!
Speaking of Nautica South Beach, I briefly mentioned my race-day preparations yesterday. As a type-A person who thrives off making lists and organizing in general, I figured today would be the perfect time to share the behind-the-blog logistical stuff that’s required for any race, especially an out-of-state triathlon.
Early January – I officially registered for the race. Wow, that seems like such a long time ago!
Early February – I took care of airline, hotel, and trailer transport stuff. I lucked out because Full Throttle Endurance owns three bike transportation trailers, so I didn’t have to go through a third-party. Plus, I personally know the guys who drive down and handle the bikes, so that’s definite peace of mind.
Early last week – This shouldn’t surprise anyone: I made a rough itinerary of each day’s activities, along with a race-day packing list.
Obviously, there were items I forgot the first, second, and third time I thought about race day, so I’m glad I drafted it so early.
I also printed a hardcopy of the race packet.
Not a ton of information, but at the very least, I know which direction to swim, bike, and run. That’s half the battle, right?
Monday – After work, I headed to Zen Bikes and had my indoor bike trainer tire removed. Because I’ll be riding outside from now on, it was time to reinstall my road tire. I even saw one of my teammates at the shop who made the eerily accurate prediction that our race kits wouldn’t make it to Miami. Well played, sir. More on that shortly.
Tuesday – Around 7 p.m., I went to the Performance Center at Chelsea Piers for the second part of my bike fitting with Ann Marie. During my first fit, she added a new saddle and saddle post, which have made a huge difference in terms of speed, efficiency, and comfort. This time, she added new aerobars (Profile Design T1 Plus for my fellow trigeeks), and even though we talked about replacing my stem, it wasn’t necessary. I plan to blog more about this second fitting, but here’s a sneak peak.
[Photo courtsey of Ann Marie]
Pretty legit looking, right? Honestly, I’m a little worried about using the new bars for the first time on race day, but I’m not technically “racing” SoBe, so it will be OK I hope.
Wednesday – Bike-loading morning.
See you in Miami!
After our indoor cycling session, a teammate who isn’t racing this weekend gave me her tri top to borrow as a backup.
Good thing, too—even though we ordered our race and cycle kits a while ago, there was a mix-up, and long story short, our gear is currently somewhere in Oregon. Needless to say, we won’t have it by Sunday. I owe my teammate big time!
Gentlemen readers, feel free to skip down to the Thursday section now.
So I tried on the top yesterday. It fits surprisingly well, but it’s literally the most unflattering thing ever. One, I don’t look good in white because I’m so pale. So there’s that. And two, I have virtually no boobs to begin with, but the top totally mashes anything that had a chance. Womp womp.
Thursday – Since I won’t be in Miami for our team’s scheduled bike pick up, I handed off my pedals to one of my teammates.
As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll write a full-fledged post that details the bike-loading process and what I learned, but basically we had to remove our pedals just in case something happens to the trailer and/or our bikes. Thankfully, nothing has ever happened, but as a precautionary measure this ensures we’ll be able to install our own pedals on any bike and easily clip in and out.
I also started packing.
So. Much. Stuff. And this is all for the race. I’ll also have to lug around a suitcase with my “real” clothes.
Friday – After an FTE swim this morning, I took care of last-minute tasks like printing my plane tickets, organizing my snacks and nutrition (yes, there’s a difference!), and painting my nails to match my sneakers and race kit.
As per tradition, I like my nails to match my swim cap, but since I don’t know which color that will be yet, I went with this sandy red.
All right, friends—have a great day, and I’ll talk to you from the beach!
How do you prepare for trips, events, and races? Do you make lists like me?