As we all head into the summer racing season ahead there are always the concerns such as: “I did not get in adequate base building training”, Time constraints have caused inconsistency in training, sickness and injury. These occurrences are just part of life and the key is how do we deal with them with respect to future races that we’re not 100% trained and ready to toe the line.
Consider taking a small risk and just step up and register for a race even though your training is not according to your normal levels. What’s the risk and if you consider pacing by not over extending the energy output levels you might be surprised. Depending on your experience and training level, consider signing up for a marathon even though you might only have run 10-13 miles as your longest run. Of course not for your first marathon.
There is always a fine line of over-training, injury, mental burnout, etc. when preparing for the “key” race. Many times it’s much better to be under-trained vs. over-trained for the event. Consider various scenario’s based upon your specific sports discipline: Do a 5K race (even though you have done limited speed training), consider a long distance bike ride and double or triple your avg. riding time (keeping the pace under control), consider an adventure race, etc.
Always ask yourself “What is the worst thing that can happen by entering an event you’re not fully trained for?” One benefit in most cases is that it can jumpstart your training and mentally refocus to attack the next event with a specific timeline/schedule.
Get out there and sign up for an event and take some RISK!
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.’