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What should you put in an Ironman special needs bag

3 Sep

Now that Stuart has entered Ironman Copenhagen, I’ve already started to think ahead to the day itself (it’s only 11 months away!) Having done two large triathlons that required kit to be in bags, I know how important it is to plan ahead.

Many iron distance triathlons allow athletes to have a special needs bag available at an aid station on the bike and another one on the run. At Ironman races these are normally returned, but this isn’t possible at all iron-distance races, so if you choose to put something in a special needs bag, you must be sure it’s something that you can live without later. I surveyed people online to find out what they thought should be included in special needs bags.

© Jameson King

© Jameson King

Bike

  • Bike repair materials
    • extra tube
    • CO2 cartridge
    • old tyre
    • chain link
  • Nutrition
    • Nice food – this is going to depend on your personal preference. Some people suggested Nutella sachets!
    • extra salt
  • Clothing
    • socks
    • cheap sunglasses
    • toe warmers
  • Medical kit
    • vaseline
    • medical gloves (for applying sun cream/vaseline or bike repairs or if it’s raining hard)
    • sun cream
    • tums/rennies
    • imodium
    • ibuprofen
    • chamois cream
    • mouthwash
    • blister plasters

Run

  • Nutrition
    • As above, anything that might appeal to you.
  • Clothing
    • headlamp
    • LS t-shirt
    • another clean shirt
    • socks
  • Medical kit
    • blister plasters
    • vaseline
    • face wipes
    • chapstick
    • imodium
    • sun cream
    • anti-insect spray
    • eye drops
  • Notes from your family to inspire you

Obviously, the more stuff you put into a special needs bag, the harder it is to find what you need and it may actually add to the stress you feel during your race… but if you lose something whilst out on course, the items in special needs may save your race.

One suggestion that someone made was to get a long pair of men’s tube socks, cut the toe off and to use them as disposable arm-warmers.

Do you have any recommendations? What would be in your special needs bag?

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