You’ve done all the hard work, but the days and weeks before your triathlon can be make-or-break. Here are the checklists you’ll need to minimize the unknowns.

If you’re the type of triathlete who likes to be fully prepared and organized (well before you even rack your bike in transition on race day), these are the triathlon checklists for you. Since triathlon involves so much equipment and, depending on the length of your race, can also involve detailed hydration and fuel prep, we offer these lists to help make race morning less chaotic.

One week before the race

The week before the race can feel like the doldrums—with a reduced training plan due to tapering and plenty of free time, you may find yourself stressing more than usual. Here are some helpful tasks to keep you focused and help eliminate any surprise emergencies.

Prepare your gear

Finalize your pre-race, race, and post-race clothing

Two days before the race

In the days before the race, you may find yourself getting even more nervous, but it’s a great time to rest, pamper yourself with great food, and work on your visualization.

The day before the race

In the day before the race, it’s important to make sure you hit your nutrition targets and stay calm. Your gear should all be ready, and your body is as strong as it’s going to get, so pack your bags and try to get some sleep!

Pack a bag with your race essentials

Pack another bag for non-essentials

Put all your equipment in the car the night before, so you’ll be ready to go in the morning. Then, go to bed at a reasonable time and try to shut your mind off.

Race day

Everybody’s race day routine will be a little different, but these simple rules will help eliminate some of the most stressful friction points of race day.

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Allie is a freelance writer, competitor, and twin mom. Her work has appeared in Runner’s World, Women’s Running and ESPNW. On her blog She chronicles her life as a triathlete and hopes her successes and failures help to motivate and inspire others, even the over-40 crowd she somehow found herself in.