Not all international events are created equal. Variables in overall cost, vacation or holiday time off from work (for those who work), are different; but I promise that an international destination race will provide a lifetime of memories and of course, a few need friends.
Here are 6 items to remember to enhance your international travels to a specific destination race:
- Always arrive two to three days early to eliminate stress from unexpected problems such as lost luggage. It also gives you time to adjust to the new time zone and reduce jetlag.
- Check with local officials to determine if there are any issues by bringing specific race-day energy through customs.
- Get a complete understanding of the electrolyte drinks, food items, etc. that will be served during the race.
- At the pre-race meeting if you have a question,just ask the race-director team. It always amazes me how many times athletes just don’t ask for whatever reason.
- Adjust to the local cuisine gradually prior to the race. I have seen many athletes who have experienced sour stomachs by not sticking to basic food items prior to the race. Experiment after the race – and of course, celebrate your great memories and race performance!
- Make sure you check to ensure you have the write electrical converters for charging your electronic equipment.
Don’t overanalyze every detail when traveling to an international race. If things don’t go according to plans just keep your cool and things always work out. Embrace the food, culture, people and most
of all smile and make some new lifelong friends. Also, it’s a learning process and the more your travel it may become something to add to your regular goal list – add an international race. Remember to smile as they are free and of course the best things in life are free!
By Wayne Kurtz
Wayne Kurtz is founder of RaceTwitch.com and Endurance Racing Report, he has a lifelong passion for racing in various endurance sport races throughout the world. He is also the author of: ‘Beyond the Iron, a training guide for ultra-distance triathlons.’