Thank You Gadget Gnome


Graditude:A feeling of thankfulness and appreciation.

Gratitude is in short supply these days. People go through life with a sense of entitlement to all of their basic needs and much more. They walk through life believing that others should step aside for them and provide them with all they desire. I see this in nearly every aspect of my life.

Without my friends and family, I would fall flat on my face more often than not. Even with their help, I struggle at times. I know I don’t tell them enough how much I appreciate their assistance, their ear, and their advice.

We fail to realize how interdependent we all are, especially in this technologically advanced world. In the United States, there are few truly independent self-sufficient people. We depend upon one another for our food, shelter, safety, entertainment, and health.

I have a small garden, but it would not feed my family. I own my home, but I can’t do everything to maintain it nor did I build it. I rely on the police and military to maintain the safety of my neighborhood and country. Movies and books are my primary sources of entertainment. I can be aware of what I eat, and my exercise habits, but if I feel like crap I go to a doctor to make it better.

In this ever increasingly interdependent world, I want to say thank you to all of those who provide those little things that go unnoticed by so many on a daily basis, including by me.

My friend, Gadget Gnome, knows a lot about many different things because he has worn many hats during his lifetime. He embodies all of the typical gnome characteristics: always smiling, welcoming, willing to lend a helping hand, always has the right tools or knows where to get them, and watches out for your best interest.

Treat your Gnomes well so they don’t rebel.

strike gnome

During my inaugural triathlon adventure, he has been a fountain of information. He introduced me to total immersion swimming, watched me swim, and provided advice for my technique. He has given me advice on my cycling and helped maintain my bike.  He put together this list of things/gear to consider for a Triathlon for himself, but shared it with me and said I could share it with all of you.

swim gnome running gnome bike gnome


Pump for bike tires.

Bike tools.

Cash for parking.



Registration receipt.

Pre-race food, nutrition, drink.

Identification or Driver’s License



Bike shoes (may be running shoes?)

Bike socks.

Bike gloves.

Rear-view mirror.

Sun glasses or riding glasses. Glasses in a case. Have rear view mirror already on glasses.

Aero water bottle.

1 water bottle.

Several packets of electrolyte replacement.

Several GU packets.

Water to remove mud/sand from feet if needed.

Small towel to dry feet if needed.




ID belt. With number already on it, several GU packets in pocket.

Running shoes.

Running socks (may be socks from bike ride).

Running hat or visor or hair control band.

1 water bottle.

Several packets of electrolyte replacement.

Several GU packets.


Put these in the transition bag.

Safety pins to put number on belt (they do not always have them).

Sharpie (to put number on if line to long).

Sun lotion.

Bug juice.


Jacket/clothing per weather.

A few bandages.

Spare car key in bag.

Wallet and/or phone (in bag or friend).

Spare swim goggles.

Spare swim cap.

Spare socks.

Some cash.

Paper and pen.

Some bike tools.

Possibly a small brush to clean transition area.

Towel(s) to put on ground to protect helmet and possibly sit on

Flashlight to setup in the dark.

5 gallon jug to sit on and carry stuff

Water bottle to spray water on feet, or bucket to wash in.



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