Well, obviously I train. I swim, bike and run. End of post, thanks for reading.
I was asked this the other day. I know they were referring to the days leading up to a race. Which got me thinking, what are some of the things I do to get ready? I know that physically, I am ready. I know without a doubt that I can complete the distances of each segment of the race. So, I try to take a few days off, I try to not wake up at 5AM on those days, and I try to just relax. I think the biggest preparation that I have to make is to be prepared mentally.
But what does being mentally prepared mean? To me, it means that I have my game-plan set. It means I have thought through what I want to accomplish and I have confidence in my equipment. I understand things happen on the bike, but I know going in, I have everything ready for the race.
Other things I do to get mentally ready:
•I like to review past race reports. This really helps me to remember certain things about the race. Like, where the problem areas were for me? Was this a hilly course? Did I start too fast? After the race, did I feel like I went as hard as I could?
•I like to try and drive the course. Nothing makes me feel better than to know where certain points are along a course. Knowing the ins and outs of a course helps.
•I like to read race reports from other people. It gives me confidence to hear what other people thought of the race and reminds me of things I left out of my reports.
•Lastly, I review my times from the last time I did this race. I see my splits and I know I have had a good year of training. I know I am faster than a year ago, so this is how I set my goals.
The Dragonfly Triathlon is Saturday. It is a ½ mile swim, 18 mile bike, 4 mile trail run in Mississippi. (Follow the link for a course preview)I am looking forward to this race. Last time I raced it was 2008, when I finished in 2:00:48. 137th OA and 25/28 in my AG. I know, not good right? I am looking to bring my time down to the 1:40s. I have a new lighter bike this year and my swim times are better. My run has improved (last time I averaged 10:06/miles). I do not expect to podium or even be in the top of my AG, but I expect to hit my marks and goals!