Regardless of the race distance or type, there are certain things I do before every event to ensure my success. Here are the steps to my ritual that make sure I get it right.
|Sleep: You're doing it right|
2. Sleep. Most people won't sleep well the night before a race, and it won't make or break you. Instead, try to start your evening routine an hour earlier through the week to try and bank the extra hours. It also gives your body a little extra time to heal and recuperate.
3. Visualize. It may sounds hokey, but it's important to think about yourself completing all the necessary steps of the race and doing so comfortably. For a triathlon, I will mentally walk through all my transitions to make sure I have everything and have thought about the order I need to do things in - take off wet suit, put on shoes, click on helmet, put on sunglasses, unrack bike, etc. For a running race, I'll spend a few quiet moments daily picturing myself running pain-free with proper form. I'll think about crossing the finish line and what time will flash on the clock above my head and how great it will feel.
|Packing for Ragnar - I hope your race |
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4. Stick with what's safe. Do not try to cram in any extra training, try a new fuel or buy new shoes. Now is not the time to experiment with how fast you can run a mile or try a new Indian buffet for lunch. Stick with everything tried and true and absolutely nothing new.
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