Ironman and Long Course Racing Checklist

If you’re preparing for an Ironman, 70.3, or another long course triathlon race, use this pre-race checklist whilst packing to ensure you don’t forget anything! 

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or competing in your first big race, this checklist will help you prepare everything you need for the race the day before so you know that it’s all done and you can mentally relax about your equipment and focus on the race.

Racing Checklist

  • Triathlon Race Suit
  • Race Belt + Race Number / Tattoo
  • Timing Chip
  • HR Monitor + HR Strap
  • Watch
  • Goggles
  • Swim Cap
  • Wetsuit
  • Bodyglide or similar
  • Plastic Bag (to help put wetsuit on)
  • Road bike or TT bike
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Stickers on Helmet
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Wheels appropriate for the conditions
  • Bike Computer
  • Puncture Repair Kit & Tools (incl. tubes, canisters, inflators, hand pumps)
  • Running Shoes
  • Hat or Visor
  • Elastic Laces
  • Socks
  • Talcum Powder
  • Run Watch
  • Sports Drink
  • Gels / Bars
  • Water
beginner WS70.3 post race

Equipment Preparation

Mental Preparation

Know the race schedule
  • When transition opens to put in your bike
  • When and where race briefing is held
  • When and where the race starts

Know the course maps
  • Learn the shape of the swim course
  • Know how many laps on the bike
  • Know how many laps of the run

Know your race tactics
  • Decide your plan before the race for pacing and tactics, and stick to it unless something goes wrong
  • Plan what you will do if something doesn’t go to plan so you can deal with it calmly and continue with you race
    • What will you do if your goggles leak in the swim?
    • What will you do if you get a flat tyre?
    • What will you do if your nutrition plan isn’t working?
    • What will you say to yourself if you need mental encouragement during the race?


Enjoy the atmosphere of big races but don’t let it influence your race or your plans. Follow your own planned training in the week before and don't get caught up with what other people are doing. Trust in your own training process and filter out the noise of what everyone else has done in their own training.

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