Race week is here!

Can’t believe the best week of winter is just around the corner! Friday is going to be a great day – a nice late wake up, an easy pool swim, a little road trip to Knysna, followed by an easy spin on the bikes to get the drive out the legs. Bliss!

With so many events during the week and Knsyna not being “just around the corner”, I have made a checklist of my must-haves for the week of racing! Hopefully this helps you not forgot anything either!

The Swim:

  • Wetsuit
  • Goggles
  • Swim Cap
  • Extra Swim Cap For The Cold
  • Anti-Chafe
  • Extra Towel


  • MTB Shoes
  • Thick Winter Socks
  • Riding Gloves [long finger – winter in Knysna is cold!]
  • Fold Up Rain Jacket
  • Bib Shorts
  • Cycling Shirts
  • Thermal Undershirt
  • Arm Warmers
  • Leg Warmers
  • Helmet
  • Cycling Shoes
  • Dark Cycling Glasses
  • Clear Cycling Glasses
  • Water bottles
  • Winter Jacket


  • Trail Running Shoes
  • Road Running Shoes
  • Long Running Tights (Good for warmup)
  • Running Shorts
  • Running Top
  • Thermal Undershirt
  • Running Cap


  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Heart Rate Belt
  • Heart Rate Charger


  • Race Mix
  • Recovery Mix
  • Energy Gels
  • Energy Bars

Everyone has their own needs and this might not cover everything you usually need for a race. I definitely suggest making a list sooner than later though, just to make sure you have anything you need for the week.
See you in Knysna!

Dean Hopf

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