Checking the weather pretty much becomes second nature to most endurance athletes and is even more important for big events. Hot, cold, wet, snowing, windy? All important factors to consider for both mental and physical prep and what gear to bring. As race day approaches, you can get a general sense of expected conditions by simply looking at long term forecasts, but until you show up on race morning, you never know, (especially during spring and fall). Regardless of what the weatherman says, you should always pack the gear and mentally be prepared for any realistic possibility. Experienced cyclists generally pack what is known as a “rain bag” and take it to every race, often to put in the team car in case the weather turns during the stage. The same concept can be applied to triathletes as well. It should really be called a “contingency bag” as it covers more than rain. Every athlete has their own list based on the conditions, but a good basic start is as follows.
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