You’ve signed up, you’ve trained and now the as your Race Day approaches you find yourself full of anxiety. Sound familiar? I am writing today’s post as a way to help me out as well because I have my first triathlon race of the season this weekend. This will be my 6th time doing this course and it seems a little silly when I think about it rationally but race day anxiety is not rational is it?
So how does one deal with Race Day Anxiety?
Preview the course
If possible try to drive or run/bike the actual race course before race day. If that is not possible, take a look at the course online and try to familiarize yourself with key components. (water stop locations, turn around points, elevation). Know exactly where you will be parking etc. and how long it will take you to arrive to the start.
Set out your gear
One of the reasons our “flat mamas” are so popular in our MRTT groups is that laying out your gear ahead of time helps you to make sure you have everything you need. It’s easy to forget hats or sunglasses or race belts. When doing a tri race, I lay out my whole transition area exactly how I will on race day just to make sure I have everything I need.
Visualize your race
Some people find it really helpful to visualize their race from start to finish. Take a moment to close your eyes and see yourself arriving at the race, setting up your gear, starting the race and crossing the finish. Think about how you might feel at certain parts of the race and how you will feel at the finish. I could do a little better with this myself.
Don’t obsess over the weather
I am so guilty of this! There is not anything you can do about the weather. If you find yourself having to race in less than ideal conditions, prepare as much as possible with the right gear and then just embrace it and make the most of it.
Trust in your training
Remind yourself that you have trained for this race (presumably) and know that will carry you through. Stick to your race plan on race day and trust the plan you have put together.
Bonus: Have Fun!
Remember why you are racing and that you are supposed to be enjoying this process. Smile (so your race photos look cute).
Do you have any tips for me? Race Day anxiety?
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