Day-to-day life, Racing, Random, Triathlon

What’s in your bag?

I was thumbing through some crappy magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store the other night and read one of those “What’s in your bag” articles (and I use the term “article” very, very lightly here).

I scoffed at how totally ridiculous this list was because, mainly, it was way too perfect. I challenge anyone to upend a bag they use consistently and not find an old balled up kleenex, a wrapper of something or a pen that doesn’t work. These perfectly styled layouts? Not my reality.

Let’s start with the fact that the bag I carry most often is a GIGANTIC backpack that doubles as carryall, locker room, computer bag and mobile snack station.


While it’s big enough to carry pretty much everything I own, I know that I look like a kindergardener trundling along on her first day of school when I wear it. I also realize that should I fall over backwards while wearing it when it’s fully full, it might be Game Over.


Since I am currently training for Ironman (and stuff) and spending a few days a week out of the house away from a home base, I tend to rely on this bag more frequently than usual. So I thought I’d play the game with myself.

“Christine, what’s in your bag?”

Well, let’s see, shall we? (Dumps bag on kitchen floor).

  • Damp bathing suit + towel;
  • Swim bag with all manner of swim toys;
  • Anja’s swim goggles (huh);
  • 2 pairs of running shoes;
  • Trucker hat, running toque, favourite Planks toque;
  • Running shorts (forgotten in there from Friday’s workout. Gross.)
  • 5 socks;
  • 3 pairs of underwear: 2 of mine, 1 of Anja’s (useful!);
  • iPod. Battery dead. Typical.
  • 2 pairs of earbuds;
  • 2 shirts;
  • 1 pair of tights;
  • Sunglasses (it’s been raining for daaaaaaays);
  • Running jacket;
  • $2.85 in change;
  • A bag of training food;
  • Water bottle;
  • A ziploc bag with 2 dates;
  • Toothbrush;
  • 3 gym pass cards (so THAT’S where they were!)
  • Travel toiletry kit;
  • 2 sports bras;
  • Laptop;
  • Nok anti-chafe cream;
  • Dry shampoo;
  • Day planner + pen;
  • Watch;
  • 2 headbands, countless bobby pins and 7 elastics (and I don’t really tie my hair up).
  • 3 lip balms;
  • Lots of bits of gravel.
My stylist quit moments after this dumping occurred.

I guess I’ll never get a page in Fashion magazine.  But I bet you’re all dying to know what I’d answer to the paparazzi yelling: “Christine, Christine! Who are you wearing?!”

I’ll spare you.


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