It’s race day. You’re anxious to get started, maybe even a little frightened of what’s ahead of you in the race. You find yourself worrying about so many things. Will you kicked in the swim? Will you get a flat tire on the bike? Will it rain? Will you have the energy to pull off a PR run ? Well, find comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. It’s a good bet that everyone is having similar worries.
As you get ready for the start of the race, focus on those things that are within your control. Think about how well you prepared yourself for the test of the day. What you will do in the swim, in the bike, in the run and during the transitions to make sure you race well…race your best. Don’t worry about things which you cannot control.
The things you can control:
• Be mentally and physically prepared, rested and ready to race.
• Try and test all of your race gear, including clothing you’ll wear on race day.
• Make sure all of your equipment is functioning properly. e.g. bike tuned.
• Set up your transition area so you have fast, efficient transitions.
• Have adequate food and fluids for the bike and run, and / or know what you will take at the various aid stations. Know what you will you carry vs. take from volunteers at the aid stations.
• Visit the race course prior to race day so you’re familiar with the route and terrain.
Don’t worry about the weather. If it’s cool or warm, humid, or rainy, all the athletes are dealing with the same weather conditions. Focus on the job at hand, adjust if necessary for the weather. For example, use caution on the bike especially on turns if the roads are slick from rain; take in adequate fluids, especially electrolyte replacement drinks to avoid dehydration when it’s very hot and humid; apply and re-apply sunscreen to reduce sunburn on cloudless days.
Have a safe, fun, and rewarding race.