We as triathletes are well known for carrying alot of "baggage." It's as if every time we head out for a weekend race we are packing for an entire family of four going on a two week vacation. Sound familiar?
Well, for those of you who are organizationally challenged and need a little help in sorting/storing/traveling all your equipment, have no fear; I am here to help!
I am extremely OCD when it comes to clutter and living with my "horizontal filer", Matt, I have learned to be a little more creative when it comes to our triathlon gear. Two times the triathletes is equivalent to 10 times more "stuff." And, if it were up to Matt, we would be traveling with our gear shoved in plastic grocery bags.
You laugh. For a year this was my reality as a Giant Eagle bag was literally Matt's transition bag. I think BDD might remember this all too well ;)
So, here are some tips/tricks and suggestions when it comes to organizing your triathlon "stuff". Hopefully you will find this helpful and find that it makes life a lot easier in the long run. If nothing else, you will come to realize what an OCD Engineerd I really am ;)
|Nutrition: stored in our pantry in a three drawer Tupperware container. If you purchase in bulk, use a cupboard that is less accessible to store the "overflow" and replenish the Tupperware drawers as necessary.|
|Bottom Drawer: This drawer is filled with protein and energy bars. Typically Matt and I use this type of nutrition prior to or after a workout, but not during.|
|Middle Drawer: This drawer is filled with gummies. Everything from Honey Stinger Gummies to PowerBar Energy Blasts can be found in this drawer. Typically Matt and I use this nutrition on our long bike rides.|
|Top Drawer: This drawer is filled with a plethora of gels. Matt is big on Hammer Gel while I prefer Honey Stinger and Gu. None-the-less this is mainly our run nutrition drawer.|
|The Coup de Grâce: This is the mother of all triathlon purchases and probably the single best purchase Matt and I have made (in my opinion). It's our designated triathlon cabinet!|
|I also get to have a designated location for all my tri -stickers. I love stickers, but I hate sticking them on things (like my car). I actually don't mind putting them all on the inside of the cabinet door.|
|The Mechanical Bike Bin|
|The Swimming Bin|
|The Bike "Stuff" Bin|