Preparing for Race Day Success
We invest so much time preparing for a race with the amount of hours we spend training but as race day gets closer there’s a few things that we often forget about that will play an integral role in our preparation for race day success.
As quoted by Benjamin Franklin, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” So, what can youdo to make sure you’re ready for The Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane this year? Here are the five things you should do to get Race Day ready:
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For some reason, even the smartest of people seem to drop 100 IQ points on race morning. It’s important to be organised so that you don’t create any unwanted stress for yourself. I’m sure there’s a few of you out there who’ve been on your way to a race thinking one of the following:
“Oh no, I left my Asthma puffer on the bench”
“Where’s my race number?”
“I don’t think I have enough time to go to the bathroom before my wave starts.”
“I only have 10 minutes until the race starts and I haven’t found my friends yet.”
These are all things that can be avoided by creating a checklist for race morning and writing down a schedule from the moment you wake up.
Practise your meals
Running can be hard enough without the added stress of gastrointestinal issues. A few weeks out from race day start practising your meals before your ‘weekend long run.’ Choose a meal you’d like to have for dinner the night before the race, be conscious of hydrating like you would before race day and also practice what you’d like to eat for breakfast race morning before you head out for your ‘weekend long run.’ Obviously, it’s better if you are the one preparing your meals to control poor food preparation.
Don’t try anything new on race day
Over the next few weeks start developing your race plan that reflects your training data. Would you like to do a walk/run method? Would you like to hold a certain pace for the first 5km and then give it everything you have left for the final 5km? Have a race plan that reflects your current ability and stick to it! So many people go out harder than what they’re capable of and it comes back to bite them in the backend of the race.
Get Enough Sleep
Most of us struggle with getting enough sleep the night before the race which is fine as long as we have a few nights of solid 7+ hours sleep during race week. This is where we can get caught out if we’re travelling to races and over book ourselves with busy days, not getting to bed until late.
Only put energy into the things that you can control
Even if we are super prepared sometimes things can still go wrong with our final few weeks leading into an event.
If you’re unlucky enough to end up with an injury, niggles or sickness it’s important to problem solve and deal with adversity. Seek medical and professional help early if you have a persistent niggle. It’s better to turn up to a race underdone than overdone. Being aware of how you react to stress will save you a lot of energy on race day.
If something happens that’s outside of your control, for e.g. that one annoying colleague turns up to work with the flu, stay calm and only put extra energy into the things you can control such as; good hygiene and eating healthy. If you can’t control the situation, there’s no point worrying about it.
I hope that these five things are able to prepare you for race day success. Thank you for reading and I wish you all the best for your Bridge to Brisbane experience!