So…I am just about a week away from my summer goal race, The Iron Girl Triathlon, and I am starting to get a bit anxious. It always amazes me how I go from feeling completely calm & prepared to feeling anxious & full of self doubt the week before a big race. Sound familiar?
I’ve come up with a few tips to help Curb Race Day Anxiety that I hope will help us both.
1. Do Your Homework:
-Read the information the race directors send out so that you know the logistics on where to park, what time to arrive & any special instructions
-Know the course ahead of time. Even if you are not able to train on the course, look at the course maps beforehand. Tri race transition areas can seem a bit overwhelming at 6 am.
2. Do A Practice Run:
-Sounds obvious but I find it really helpful to do a run, swim or bike in the actual clothes I plan to wear on race day. That way you have time to see if anything is uncomfortable.
-When possible, do a complete “run through” of the same distances as your race. Practice waking, eating, hydrating and fueling the same way you plan to on race day.
My coach always says, “practice doesn’t always make perfect but it does make better”. Good advice!
3. Have a Race Day Plan
-Think about each part of you race and how you will run it. What time will you eat breakfast? What time will you arrive? What pace do you hope to keep? Will you start slower? Finish fast? When do you plan to hydrate/fuel?
-Run your own race-stick your plan and don’t worry about what others are doing around you.
I can’t count the amount of times I just threw my race plan out the window at the start line. It never ends well.
-Close your eyes and visualize yourself at each stage of your race. Picture yourself swimming and breathing. Think about how it feels to ride your bike and then start your run. See yourself running through the finish.
This step isn’t easy for me but I am working on it.
5. Do your “flat self”
-It’s become a custom in our running group to do “flat mamas” where we lay out our race day outfits and post them.
-This is a great way to ensure that you don’t forget anything and allows your friends to give you a little last minute pep talk.
-I find it especially helpful for a triathlon as it requires so much gear and it’s so easy to forget something.
6. Have Fun!
-Trust in your training-arrive knowing that you are prepared.
-Remember why you are doing the race.
-Smile! Those race photographs are posted on line right?
It really helped me to feel a little better just to write this all down. I hope that you find it helpful as well. Yikes 9 days to go!
Did I forget anything? Any tips for me?
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