Race Checklist

Four weeks prior

  • Major bike tune up
  • Replace cables
  • Change brake pads
  • Change drivetrain: Chain, chainrings and cassette

Race Week

Monday

Wednesday

  • Charge shifters

Night before race

  • Charge watch and cycling computer

Packing Checklist

Pre-Race

General

  • Race confirmation
  • ID/Passport
  • USAT license
  • Hotel/flight confirmation
  • Meal-replacement shakes
  • Nail clippers
  • Teflon tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Packing tape
  • Duct tape
  • Elastics (various sizes)
  • Ziplock bags (various sizes)

Recovery

  • Compression tights
  • Normatechs
  • Foam roller
  • Massage ball
  • Stick

Race Day

  • Tri-suit (shorts and top)
  • Chamois cream
  • Watch & Charger
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Sunscreen
  • Imodium
  • Headlamp
  • Race Day Nutrition
    • Breakfast items
    • Sports drink
    • Gels
    • Bars
    • Electrolyte tabs
    • Caffeine

 Post-Race

  • Sandals/Flip-flops
  • Warm clothing

 Swim

  • Wetsuit/Speedsuit
  • Body Glide
  • Goggles x 2
  • Swim suit
  • Towel

 Bike

  • Bike
  • Wheels
  • Aerobottle
  • Water bottles
  • Arm coolers
  • Cycling computer & charger
  • Repair Kit
    • 2x CO2 cartridge*
    • 2x Tubes*
    • Multi-tool
    • Valve extender
    • Master link
    • Tire boot
    • Tire
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Cycling shoes
  • Socks
  • Additional Clothing
    • Arm warmers
    • Lightweight vest/jacket
    • Knee warmers
  • Pump
  • Chain lube
  • Rags

 Run

  • Visor/Hat
  • Sunglasses (if not worn on bike)
  • Race belt
  • Socks (lube inside before race)
  • Running shoes
  • Cooling towel
  • Reflective tape
  • Contact lenses (if you wear them)

Bike Special Needs (BSN)

  • Socks
  • CO2 cartridge*
  • Tube*
  • Gels
  • Bars
  • Tubular tire (if using tubulars)

Run Special Needs (RSN)

  • Body lube
  • Socks
  • Gels
  • Long sleeve t-shirt
  • Imodium

* Bring a minimum of 3 tubes and 3 CO2 cartridges to the race

Beating the Boston Heat

You have slaved away through the winter, logged countless miles in the snow, the dark, on the dreaded treadmill all in preparation for the Boston Marathon. At this stage of the game your long runs are done, and you are onto that blessed taper. There’s only one thing potentially standing in your way for a successful race day… the weather!

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Puerto Rico 70.3 – Brendan Davis

From the start I was seriously looking forward to racing Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico. A large group of fellow BTTers racing and the course looked like it would be a beautiful race in a beautiful location, not to mention my first Ironman branded race (There is something to be said about Ironman). I believe it went into being as prepared as I ever have for a race, working with a coach (Dave) for the first time, and ready to go on race morning. 

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The Rise of the Quantified Athlete

Here at Revel Racing we pride ourselves on the quantitative approach we take with our athletes. Part of this means evaluating and incorporating some of the latest technology into our training. This week I was lucky to attend the Harvard Innovation Lab’s: The Rise of the Quantified Athlete: An Experiential Forum on the Future of Athletic Performance along with some of the coaches from TeamBPC. Below are the three technologies we are most looking forward to trying out in 2017.

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Tracy Landeryou: Tri for a Cure

2017 is the 10th annual Tri for a Cure, and my 5th time participating in this event.  This year I have yet again set a very lofty fundraising goal of $20,000 for Maine Cancer Foundation.  I am proud to say that while I did not quite hit that goal last year, I raised $18,600 with the help of many donors!  In my 4 years of participating in this event I have raised nearly $70,000 in the fight against cancer. 

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Four Things Every Amateur Racing Kona Should Know

Congratulations! You’ve qualified for Kona! Your flights and accommodations are booked! Here’s a few things you should know before heading off to the Big Island.

Heat Acclimation

Chances are you’re not from a tropical, humid climate. Depending on where you’re flying in from, it will take somewhere on the order of two weeks to fully acclimate to the weather. Try to arrive on the island as early as you can and by Wednesday at the latest. You can start preconditioning yourself by overdressing for your workouts, riding the trainer without a fan, or even hitting up a hot yoga class 2-3 weeks before the race.

The Descent from Hawi

The descent from Hawi can be one of the most treacherous portions of the course. The gusts of wind have been known to blow riders right off the road, and the air currents can be unpredictable as you pass in and out of the cutouts along the road. Hawi is home to a few art galleries, boutiques, and great restaurants. Treat your Sherpa to lunch while you preview the descent.

Racing on the Equator

Being right on the equator, the sun is no joke in Hawaii. Aside from a few fleeting spots in Ali’i Drive the race course is totally exposed. A blistering sunburn is a very real threat that can make the rest of your trip miserable. Pack some SPF100 for the race along with multiple sticks of lip balm containing sun protection to have with you at all times. Reapply frequently and cover up as much as possible – cooling sleeves are essential throughout the race.

Revel

For many, racing Ironman World Championships is a once in a lifetime experience. You’re going to be among the best of the best. Let’s face it, more than likely you’re not going to be standing on the podium after the race. This is your victory lap! Take it all in. Run with a friend. Stop to hug your family. Revel in every moment!!!

 

Announcing Revel Racing!

A few years back I remember having dinner with my dad, and he said to me, “It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do what you love.” I don’t remember where it was, or in what context it came up, but that has always stuck with me.

I have been competing or coaching in one form or another since I was about eight years old. I love training, racing, and most especially, coaching. Finding Jeff and Team BPC has been one of the best things to have ever happen to me. Through this team I have met so many incredible people and talented athletes. You were with me through one of the toughest times of my life. With you I have established some friendships so strong that those people have become my family. It hasn’t been an easy decision, but after much thought, I’m finding it is time for me to leave Team BPC.

As sad as I am to go it is with immense excitement I want to announce the formation of Revel Racing! Revel will be my first step in eventually making a career out of doing what I love! Like BPC, Revel will be a personalized coaching service. However, with Revel I plan to have increased focus on supporting athletes choosing to race for charities.

I wish you all the best and I’m looking forward to seeing you out on the race course!

Dave