Well it’s “show-time” for many endurance athlete’s as the final preparation and tapering will occur for many as we all gear for the final big race of the season. So many times the questions arise in your head, “Did I get enough long rides in?” “I am concerned about getting hammered in the swim and not burning up too much energy.” “I just don’t know if I added enough brick workouts to my schedule?”. The questions will linger around and the important component is to get it out of your mind as quickly as possible.
Consider pulling out your training log (Yes, I hope you kept a log of your workouts leading up to the big event as it’s a great learning tool for the future!) and looking at the total build up weeks. Did you miss a few key workouts because of schedule, injury, etc? Don’t fret because if you look back through the training log there will be some memories of an epic workout or so that you can use as a confidence boost. Try to build a mental picture using all 5 senses of that specific workout when everything was going well. It does not matter if it was a short training session or long day in the paddle. Focus on the positives that were the result of the workout.
So many times athletes are chatting in the triathlon transition area before the race, that they did not get in enough training, legs feel flat race morning. Of course the big one we hear all the time, “Well training was not like I hoped, so I will just make it a long training day.” Wake up everybody – that’s what makes it fun! Not everything goes right all the time in training and the race. The most important part is to have fun with the race and let it unfold. Your legs may come back even though they feel flat. Don’t dwell on the negative and in many cases it’s a better to be slightly undertrained vs. over trained and facing a slight injury going into the race. Also, if the race did not go according to plan, don’t stand around the awards ceremony with a negative attitude, there is always another race!
Temper your expectations and ride the “highs and lows” of the race. Learn from your training journal and focus on the positives. Remember the big benefit of reviewing the training journal is to make
improvements gradually over time and it’s “all about the journey”.
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.’