PLAN Your Race & RACE Your Plan
This coming week is about getting mentally and physically prepared for race day.
Not much fitness can be gained between now and Race Day on Sunday.
I encourage all my athletes to write out a race plan. Starting from Saturday morning before the race, to the end of the race and even post-race recovery strategies.
I ask them to include everything they plan to do to prepare for the race, what they will eat, how much sleep and any other important details. It is all written out in a positive light, especially the race itself.
After you have written it out you can close your eyes and visualize the race scenario exactly as you want it to go many times before the race start. By positive I mean like this: “I will start off to the side of the main swim pack and duck dive under the waves, repeating my mantra (reach for the buoy). I will sight every 5 strokes to stay on course. If I get out of breath I will roll over on my back to breath for 5 breaths and roll back to swim, kick and breath.”
Avoid the negative thoughts by thinking “I won’t get a flat and I won’t walk.” Instead say “I will run the entire portion of the run course” or “I will change my flat quickly if it happens.”
If you don’t know how to change a flat, get to the bike store this week and ask them to show you. It is very easy. Also, check your bike tires for any gashes that could potentially lead to a flat.
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Erinne Guthrie is a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach since 1999 and Chief Motivating Officer at Full Circle Coaching, LLC since 2010. Creator of Triathlon Transformation. She has been training, racing and coaching triathletes since 1997. She is also a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 3, USMS Master’s Swim Coach, Motivational Speaker, Metabolic Efficiency Specialist, Mom, Mermaid and much much more.