- Create a gear list a few days before your race and systematically cross things off one by one as you place them in to your gear bag.
- Get to bed on time the night before!
- Remember to rub body glide on your neck. shoulders and ankles. Prevents chaffing.
- Get to the race early enough to warm up.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You urine should be clear when you start the race.
- Eat clean foods in preparation for your race. That is, eat foods that you know that you can easily digest prior to the race.
- If you choose a light solid meal in the morning prior to your race, make sure you have consumed this meal 2 hours prior to the start of the race.
- I like a little caffeine in the morning prior to my race. I usually give up the caffeine the week of the race because it dehydrates you but I like a little jolt of java on the morning of race day.
- Don’t be late! You’ll just stress yourself out.
- Don’t take up too much space at the transition areas. Be courteous to your neighbors and remember that there’s usually a ton of bikes on each rack and a messy transition area isn’t good for anyone.
- Don’t try new gear on race day without properly vetting that piece of equipment during your training.
- Don’t train too much during your taper sessions. I know its tempting, but the purpose of tapering is to prepare for your race, not burn yourself out prior to it.
- Don’t try new nutrition tips and procedures during your race. Keep your nutrition and hydration habits familiar. Remember, training sessions are the proper place for new methods.
- Don’t over think it. Just go out, compete and have fun!!!