One thing I started doing a few years ago was writing down after a race a list of everything that worked, everything that didn’t work and things to consider for next time I am racing. Over time, getting everything ready for a race, race morning, during the race becomes more streamlined and stress free by the systems you create.
For example, here are my notes from the past three Ironman races I did.
- Need a carry on bag that holds aero helmet, laptop, etc for travel on plane.
- Transfer my race information and check lists to digital so I can access information from my phone.
- Need better supplement travel container.
- Fix strap on aero helmet so it doesn’t flap
- Bring bottle cage from aero bars to frame so I can see power easier
- Have greater control of my time in the days leading into the race
- Don’t place anything in my pockets of my tri kit while on the bike
- Need a check list for each day I am away for the race
- Create full meal menu for the days leading into the race
- Create and develop a pre-race routine
Over the years, this list has become shorter and shorter as I continuously develop a better system that sees being packed, travel, unpack and ready for race start with as least friction as possible.
I personally use a free program called Trello that is a app so you can access my lists and information from my phone.