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Notes for River Cities Tri & Triathlon Checklist

RACE DAY Checklist!

This blog is a partial repost from earlier this summer, but I wanted to provide you with some tips and reminders of supplies for RIVER CITIES TRI this weekend.

This is a really fun race and (depending on your start time) is well shaded. This is a hilly course- proper hydration and nutrition are essential!

It looks as if the weather will be perfect for us and much cooler than normal for this time of year, but things could change- so be prepared!

I recommend leaving Galveston no later than 11am. It’s a 5 hour drive and packet pickup strictly closes at 5pm. Directions:,+Galveston,+TX+77550/6970+Fern+Ave,+Shreveport,+LA+71105/@31.259335,-94.5456407,7z/am=t/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x863f9e6bcfbc52ef:0x65603d1d300f9330!2m2!1d-94.7930765!2d29.3039322!1m5!1m1!1s0x86312d24218693f9:0x46cdd3b36b06f10c!2m2!1d-93.7297642!2d32.4427738  PLEASE NOTE!!! Turn LEFT on Fern, not right. You’ll see the shopping strip on the LEFT. Sport Spectrum is in the corner.

If we have enough time, I like to go to the park (race site) for a quick swim. Feel free to drive the bike course (if you haven’t yet done this race, the element of surprise is more fun!)

REMINDERS to pack:


*Anti-fog spray or wipes (optional)

*Race belt (don’t put holes in your apparel!)

*Bike shoes

*Running shoes

*Speed laces? (optional)

*Socks? (optional)

*Anti-chafe such as BODY GLIDE or TRISlide (my new favorite product!)

*Spare tube(s)

*C02 cartridge & adapter for it


*Visor or hat (this really helps!)


*Sunglasses (avoid energy drain from squinting)

*Extra ponytail holders (girls. Or guys. We don’t judge).

*Water bottles

*Extra water bottle (disposable) for swim start or in transition

*Towel for transition?

I would make a bottle of ARMOR and plan to leave it with your flip flops somewhere near the swim start and outside of transition – this way, you can drink it right after.

I also recommend bringing a bottle or disposable bottle of something to drink before swim start- water or IGNITE and a gel of some sort. The race begins at 8am. Depending on your wave, you could be on the shore for a while. I generally bring a small bag with extra water, ARMOR and a shirt or change of clothes for after. Just before the swim start, I put my flip-flops in the bag and leave it on or near a picnic table. After the race, that’s the first thing I grab.
Parts of the transition area may be on dirt or grass, so bringing a small towel to stand on is helpful. Some people dress up or wear wigs to race – feel free to join in the fun!

GOOD LUCK to all of you racing this weekend!



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  • Cat Nowinski

    wish I had seen this before the Y Freedom Tri! Now I know where to look before the next one!