With Race season pretty much here now, it's time to make sure everything is in order.
Yesterday I took a Mental Inventory and today is all about the gear.
Best way to start the season is make sure you have everything you need,
and everything is in working safe condition.
(This is my gear, in no way shape or form am I saying you need all of this, or any of this.
Nor was I sponsored by any of the brands, I simply love the stuff that I use and I don't mind telling you that.)
I.pod (charger at the ready, headphones in working order, playlists updated)
Garmin 405 (Charger at the ready, clear out data so there is plenty of room)
Heart Rate strap (Make sure battery is replaced, make sure it's cleaned off regularly)
[For cleaning heart rate straps, it's recommended to remove module from strap, hand wash with cold water(with small amount mild soap), lay flat to dry]
|Recommended to wash HR strap every 7 uses, lord knows that thing gets sweaty!|
Okay, it's no secret I love +Saucony and particularly the Kinvara's. I talk about them all the time, and I truly believe they are an amazing shoe. They work great for me, and I haven't tried anything else since I started wearing these a few years ago. 7 pairs later, and I am still in love.
|Guess who came home with me yesterday(a week early!)! Kinvara 4!|
My new kicks, this is pair #7 of the +Saucony Kinvara's
Yes, I made sure they made it home safe,
& then wore them around the house all night. (Don't judge me!)
Back to shoes in my gear line right now...this is my current rotation of sneakers...
From top to bottom...
My hope is to get these broken in soon
so I can have them ready to run in Cleveland in a few weeks.
Kinvara 3 Purple (current miles ~200)
I love these, but for some reason had a hard time
feeling as comfy in these as my other pairs.
Currently using these for majority of my runs
Kinvara 3 Pink/Silver (current miles ~430)
Although they have high miles,
I am having a REALLY hard time letting these ones go.
These have been my favorite sneakers by far.
And it doesn't hurt that I BQ'd in these.
Currently only using these for short runs,
or when it's crappy outside.
are my Nike Comfort sandals. These are a staple in my race bag.
They're squishy memory foam so your foot gets cushion.
One of the first things I do after a race, is but these on.
They offer more support than a flip-flip, and help sore feet!
Yes I have other shoes for working out, some cross trainers for the gym and such, but I figure I'd focus on my running stuff since it's going into race season. If you're curious about what other ones I have just ask!
My biggest piece of gear for cycling....clearly...my bike!
You all know how excited I was when I got my bike on Easter weekend, I'm still excited.
I have a Silver Felt ZW100 which I purchased at Towpath Bike (If you're in Rochester area, I highly recommend going there, superb!) This is a good time of year to go get a tune-up and fitting to make sure your bike is properly functioning for you.
Another piece of gear shown here is my bike rack. You can't see it well but its a black hunk of metal with some foam pieces (not to scratch the car) that holds the bike in place. This comes in handy getting my bike to places! (Without pedaling!) I also have a few small bungee cords to help hold the wheels in place while driving.
|Bell bike pack, and Gel seat cover, both important!|
In my bike pack is spare tubes, cash, tire levers, multi-tool etc.
|I love my Bontrager helmet! Ponytail spot in the back is the best!|
Wet suit is in the works. (let me know if you have one that you love that I should look into!)
Goggles ( I have like 3 pairs, different brands...looking into getting a pair of open water ones)
Swimsuit (I have 2 speedos, that are older but in good shape)
Caps (I have a few, even a blue floral one for when I am feeling bubbly, people give me looks with this one.)
Lap counter (This is my favorite piece of swim gear)
|My favorite Sunglasses in action|
for my HM PR in 2012
Handheld water bottle: I have a Nathan Quickdraw handheld, and Camelback Quickgrip. Both are great and do their job. (both also have handy little pockets on them.
RoadID: Great safety gear, worth every penny.
Headlight: I have a princeton tech one, only used it a few times.
Belts: I have a Nathan belt, spibelt, and a race bib belt.
Sunglasses: These are important! I have a few pairs I am capable of running comfortably in. 1 is a gas station pair but they work fine. My favorite are my Ironman brand sport glasses from Target.
Compression gear: when training, this is important to have. I have Zensah calf sleeves, Smartwool compression socks, and Vitalsox.
Safety Pins: yes this is gear, yes this is very important gear. Have spares, never trust a race to have enough.
Sunblock: Because, sunburn sucks.
Epsom Salts: I never have less than a pound of this at a time. (don't eat them though, or you'll go cray cray)
"Vitamin I" aka Ibuprofen: ALWAYS have this on hand. (Hence why I refer to it as a vitamin. haha, it's not really one, I do know that.)
Bulk Fuel: I buy my Clifshot blocks and honeystingers in bulk. saves you moolah, and you're never gonna run into race day issue of not having it.
|Don't come between me & my foam.|
[And dude my hair is finally getting longer!]
Foam Roller aka My best friend: I'm not sure how I survived without this before I got mine a few years ago. It's a cheapo Gold's Gym one but it does the job. I spend QT with it every night, I should probably name it. Hmm... Suggestions?
Body Glide: As a woman with no gap between my thighs, let me tell you...this is a necessity.
Massage Therapist: I have one I go see regularly. She rocks. Helps prevent problems before they happen.
A Back Cracker: this is my Fiances job, he does it very well. I should pay him more. (paid with reeces and kisses)
A smart person: someone who knows more than you do about your event, someone you feel comfortable asking stupid questions to. This is important for people like me, who are more than stupid when it comes to this triathlon stuff.
Hat/Visor: My saucony running hats are my favorite, I have blue and purple. I also have a black Nike visor that works well for running.
Arm Sleeves: great for racing when you don't know what the weather is going to do. Easy to pull off/pass off if it warms up! I have a few different colors/material ones, some warmer than others.
I won't even get into my "workout clothes" because...that would take...FOREVER.
Let's just say... I could clothe all of the athletes in the Olympics...twice.
As I get ready for race season, it was good to go through my gear.
See what I have, what I need, and what I want.
Also good time to clean everything and organize it all.
[I use tall sets of plastic drawers so everything is in one place]
Last thing you want to do is be unprepared on race day.
I've totally forgotten things before,
and kicked myself for it multiple times!
What gear do you HAVE TO HAVE?
Have you ever forgotten something big for a race?
Do you have any rituals for when race season starts?
(Inventories, gear checks, meals etc?)