For most triathletes, the season is over and we’re well into our “off-season recovery program”, aka, “laziness”. With a little more time on your hands, you can conduct your first annual triathlon inventory. Now is a perfect time to do your inventory before Black Friday and Cyber Monday hit!
1) Throw out what is old. When do those Honey Stinger waffles expire? Are those GUs too gooey? Now is a much better time to figure that out then when you’re on a bike ride 40 miles from home.
2) Organize and put away what you have. For me, I love feeling like I have a little store with gels, bars, and waffles and drank tablet tabs all in their own boxes. (I think this comes from always wanting a full box of baseball card packs as a kid.) My wife thinks I’m weird, but she married a triathlete, so she should have known ‘weird’ came with the territory.
3) Make a list of what you need. How many gels do you have? Do you have enough endurance drink powder to last the long winter of biking on the trainer? CLICK HERE FOR 6 Step Checklist To Take Advantage of Black Friday
I basically take everything and dump it into a big pile. With shorts, tops, socks, jammers and everything else spread between drawers, closets, car, and bags, I’ll often find something that’s been missing forever (and hopefully wasn’t dirty!)
1) Organize and put away what you have and want to keep. Sometimes it’s just so nice to see all your clothes actually folded. It’s the simple things.
2) Donate what is still in good condition. Connect with your local triathlon or running club, bike shop or Y to see if there are any running, cycling, or endurance related nonprofits in your area. Don’t wait till your gear is past doing any good before donating. If you don’t have usable gear to donate, thing about making a monetary donation. It pays to help the next generation!
3) Throw away or recycle what you’re not donating or keeping. Bonus tip- Check your helmet. If it’s more than a few years old, you need to stop using it, even if you’ve not been in a wreck. I thought this wasn’t legit until I asked several veteran triathletes, and they all said it’s true due to natural breakdown. One triathlete who worked in construction said they’re required to get new hardhats every year for the same reason.
4) Make a list of everything you need for the next year. Are those compression socks still compressing? Are you good on goggles, both clear and tinted? Keep this list to figure out how to take advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals (CLICK HERE FOR 6 Step Checklist To Take Advantage of Black Friday)
Bonus: Friend Inventory
1) Hang out, don’t work out. There is no 2). Since you’re probably not doing as many group training bricks as you normally do, pick a night to get together to just hang out, celebrate the year you’ve had, and burn as few calories as possible. Talk about the glorious races, failures and victories, mechanical and bodily malfunctions and all those things that only fellow endurance athletes would understand. You’ve earned it!
What tips to you have to share about taking advantage of downtime and getting ready for next season?