Ironman Checklist

IRONMAN CHECK LIST                 


  • Bike
  • Wetsuit
  • wheels – if you are planning on riding deep section wheels/ disk pack a spare pair in case of heavy winds
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles x 2
  • Anti chafe
  • Baby oil
  • Pins
  • Helmet
  • Bike shoes
  • Arm warmers (in case of a chilly morning on race day)
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Nutrition – aero bottle + straw/ normal bottles/ food – bento box/ juice bottle run belt
  • Running shoes (with elastic laces if you want)
  • Suntan lotion
  • Cap/ visor
  • Race kit – top/ pants or trisuit
  • Warm clothing for before race start – it is cold at 6am!!
  • Compression gear for before race day and after race day if you have
  • Warm up training gear – at least 1 run and 1 bike outfit
  • Wallet + money J
  • Fully charged phone; phone charger & an extra alarm clock
  • Garmin charger
  • Foot pump
  • Chain lube
  • Spares – tube x 2-3; bombs; tyre levers; allen keys
  • Slops for walking down to transition in the morning
  • Casual clothes – bring warm clothes – PE can be chilly
  • Check with accommodation if they have enough linen/ what other food you need to bring etc
  • Ironman wrist band to be worn from time of registration
  • 5 x bags:
  • 1 x swim bag
  • 1 x bike bag
  • 1 x run bag
  • 1 x special needs bike bag
  • 1 x special needs run bag
  • 1-2 x race numbers – you only need one – pin this onto your race belt – wear it at the back for cycle & then switch it to the front for the run.
  • 5 x stickers with your number on it – put 1 sticker on each bag
  • 1-3 x stickers for helmet (usually to put front and 2 sides of helmet)
  • 1 x sticker for bike – put around seat post
  • 1 x Ironman swim cap
  • If timing chip is not in the registration bag, it is given to you as you check your bike in at transition on Saturday


  • Race suit – pants & top or trisuit
  • Suntan lotion – put on before you put your wetsuit on
  • Race chip – with a safety pin
  • Warm clothing
  • Slops or running shoes you don’t plan on racing with!
  • Your swim bag with all other swim gear/ nutrition etc
  • Watch/ garmin
  • ** A reminder note next to your race suit to get nutrition/ bottles out of fridge!

TO PUT IN SWIM BAG (this comes with you in the morning of race day)

  • Bottles filled with juice – put on bike & in run bag; all other nutrition that should go on bike & in run bag.
  • Wetsuit
  • Swim Cap
  • Goggles x 2
  • Anti chafe
  • Baby oil – for your ankles & wrists to get wetsuit off quicker
  • Small bottle of carb drink to sip on while walking to race start
  • Bike pump

Once your wetsuit is on with cap & goggles in hand, put your swim bag into the “swim bag area” which can be collected at the end of the race OR hand it to a friend/ family member. Keep warm clothing in it for after race.


  • Helmet
  • Bike shoes
  • Socks if you need them for cycle
  • Sunglasses
  • Suntan lotion
  • Arm warmers & gloves (optional)
  • Nutrition – aero bottle/ normal bottles/ food – bento box/ gels
  • Garmin/ computer / polar watch – to be warn during swim or put in bike bag
  • Race belt with number pinned on
  • Small towel for drying off
  • Elastics if you are strapping your bike to your shoes – shoes must then be put onto bike morning of the race OR left in your bike bag


SPECIAL NEEDS BIKE BAG – morning of race hand in to “Schenker” Special needs BIKE bag truck

  • Extra juice & food; extra tube or tubby + extra bombs (OR all your food for lap 3)
  • Spares = tube or tubby/ tyre leavers/ bomb x2/ allen keys/ chain link/ (remember long valve tube or valve extension if you are using deep section wheels



  • Running shoes with elastic laces if you have
  • Socks – compression or normal
  • Running cap or visor
  • Suntan lotion
  • Change of pants if you wore cycle pants
  • Nutrition – gels and/ or juice bottle belt/ sweets etc
  • Small towel for drying off


SPECIAL NEEDS RUN BAG - morning of race hand in to “Schenker” Special needs RUN bag truck

  • Old warm jacket/ long sleeve running top; pain killers; immodium; extra nutrition; extra bottle for juice belt


  • Bike is racked the day before the race
  • Your bike & run bags must also be racked the day before – but you can put all nutrition in your bags and on your bike on race morning.
  • Morning of race when you get into transition:
  • Check bike brakes
  • Check wheels – probably need to be pumped up
  • Check bags haven’t been moved, check everything is still in your bags
  • SMILE!! Your supporters are out there supporting you - show that you are enjoying yourself even if you aren't!!
  • Stay positive!