10.2.2015

Ironman World Championship 2015: Ironman Packing List

Ironman Packing list

8 1/2 weeks of training have come and gone so quickly which means it’s time to pack! But before I forget, Taper has been awesome!  Packing your gear bag for Ironman takes more thinking and organization than packing for a regular vacation. One of my clients, who I adore (HI if you’re reading this!), said to me at our recent appointment “Vacation??  That’s no vacation, Keli!” when I explained to her what this trip entails…fairly early bed times, very early mornings, no cocktails, light swims, bikes and runs every day, and racing 140.6 miles in the Ironman World Championship one week from tomorrow in Kona, on the big island of Hawaii. This is a DREAM COME TRUE vacation to me!

There’s a lot of stuff to pack and my Ironman suitcase is as full as my other suitcase.  I think about packing in terms of each leg of the race and visualize myself at each stage of the race as I write my packing list.  I also glanced back at my previous Ironman race reports (great advice, coach!) to see if there was anything I wished I had in previous races. Packing well in advance has helped me tremendously this time around. I packed everything non-race related  7 days ahead and I’m pretty sure that’s a record for me.  I organized all of my Ironman gear on a towel 5 days ahead, making sure to place everything back on the towel immediately as I finished each day this week’s training. I came across the 16 Things You’ll Forget to Pack for Kona today on Ironman.com and can you guess which item I forgot? My race belt… which I never wear. I don’t like the feeling of a belt around my waist while running and usually just pin my bib to my tri top. Looks like we need to wear our bib for the bike too due to winds potentially blowing our race stickers off our bikes (whoa!) I also used a tip from my friend Ellen that makes me feel even more prepared. When we arrived Ironman Lake Placid 8 weeks ago she already separated her five race bags into large zip lock bags when she packed. Brilliant. It’s already done and all I have to do is double or triple check them before putting gear in each of the Ironman bags. It’s going to make things that much easier and save time. Both suitcases are packed and zipped as of last night, two days to departure. I feel calm and prepared.  Now that packing is complete can you guess the final item on my “To Do” list this evening before departure tomorrow morning? Take a guess. I will tell you when I update you on the flight tomorrow…

Ironman World Championship 2015 report

How to pack for Ironman triathlon

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