It is time I faced the facts. A review of my race-blogs reveals what is quite evident. I am always leaving something out. Usually it is computer-related; I never get in a proper warm-up. Several years ago I was setting up the bike and trainer when I realized the quick-release didn't fit; I had forgotten to change it out. Once I brought the wrong shoes. That was early on and only happened once. You might ask how that occurred: My road bike transition to racing consists of switching out wheels and pedals (which also means going from SPDs to Sidi shoes). I brought the SPD shoes.
Last week-end's Individual Time Trial in Gruene brought my lack of pre-race comprehension clearly into focus. Being cognizant of my speed is more or less a security blanket, since as far as I can tell, I'm working as hard as I can. But I like to see if I can squeeze just a little bit more speed by moving to a bigger gear. Forgetting to turn on the GPS and not realizing it was a wake-up call. I didn't have the right electrolyte; I forgot the pickle juice. None of these were a big detriment, and in the grand scheme of things, didn't matter at all because there were no other racers in my category.
I have until February to compile two lists: one for packing and one for pre-race activity. No more leaving it up to my leaky-sieve memory.