Things I always bring
- Shoes — Duh. I want a minimum of a few weeks of wear on a pair even if the same model.
- Socks — Now is not the time to discover which brand of socks give me blisters.
- Shirt/tank — I’ll probably bring 2 options in case the weather changes.
- Pants/shorts — Now is not the time to discover which brand of shorts make me chafe.
- Sports bra/bandages — Self-explanatory.
- GPS watch — You can buy a new GPS watch at the expo, but race day should not be the test run.
- Music — Optional to some, a must for me.
- Flip-flops/extra shoes — My feet will want to wear something different after the race.
- Compression sleeves — Start that recovery quickly!
- Sunglasses — Unnecessary depending on the weather, but a lifesaver in some conditions.
- Towel — For sweat removal purposes post-race.
- Warm-up pants — If there isn’t a great place to change, at least I’ll be comfy.
- Hat/visor/headband — For blocking sun, collecting sweat, or keeping my mane out of my face.
- Safety pins — If I drop some or misplace them, I will be happy to not have to carry my bib. B
- Body Glide/Vaseline — Even if I’ve worn those socks, shirt, and short hundreds of times, preventing chafe is always important.
Things I might pick up at the expo
- Gels — If it is a big expo, I will pick up gels from the vendor themselves. If it is a small race, I will bring own.
- Drop bag — Some races require you to use their clear bags. Some races don’t care. Make sure you know before race morning so you aren’t making extra trips to your car.
- Extra swag — I often like an extra piece of clothing, hat, or beer glass if the race is A) a goal race or B) has really cool swag!
- Throwaway gloves — Maybe it’s because I live in the south, but the best throwaway gloves are found at expos. They are cheap and good for a couple of miles before tossing – at a water stop or in a trash can, thankyouverymuch.
Things I always pick up at the expo
- Bib — Duh.
- Free stuff — I stick to consumables such as gels or snacks, but sometimes there are race specific tokens like cowbells that come in handy when spectating.
- Race shirt — Okay, you kind of have to pick this up with your bib, but I like to stick it in my drop bag to wear with my medal after the race.
- Safety pins — Yes, I know I said I always bring them. But do you know how easy it is to lose them?