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No matter what your sport, preparing for race day is key to preforming at your best. Even if you do not set out to win the race, obviously you are also racing against yourself and aiming for those PBs! If you follow these tips closely, you’ll be able to do your very best come race day.
- Fuel your Body
During the whole process of training, you should be feeding your body the most nutritious food possible suited to your training. It is important to maintain this up to race day- especially in the last 24 hours before a race. Try to eat light and normal foods to avoid having digestive issues during the race, but make sure you eat enough to maintain energy to get through the race.
- Fuel your Mind
Racing isn’t just about getting your body prepared, it is also about having the right mental attitude. Get your mind amped and confident for the race, so that you don’t encounter any mental barriers along the way.
- Have all your Gear Ready
The day before the race make sure you triple check that all of your gear is packed up and ready to go. You don’t want to end up forgetting any key components on race day, because that may mean not being able to compete at all!
- Have a Dress Rehearsal Before Race Day
You should have a couple of dress rehearsals before race day to ensure that your mind and body know what to expect. This will help you get a feel for exactly what the race will be like before the day of the race, so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises.
- Let Your Friends and Family Know About The Race
A little bit of moral support can go a long way in the race. Even if your friends and family can’t make it to the actual race day, they can offer support and love throughout the training process. Plus, it gives you another chance to complain to someone about the crazy amount of training you’ve been doing!
- Train Consistently
You probably already know this, but you should be training consistently up until race day. This means that you are going to witness the whole gamut of good, bad and ugly workouts. Some days training will be fun, sometimes it’s the last thing you want to do. This is normal, and you’ve just got to push on through.
- Consider Including A Friend
Running a race? Doing a triathlon? Why not coax a friend or two into joining you? Multiple studies have shown that runners go faster when they are paired together. Plus, it gives you an outside motivator to keep you working hard throughout the process of training for race day.
- Keep Calm
Race day jitters are really common, and they commonly throw off people’s performance. Try breathing exercises, meditation and yoga to train your mind how to relax in stressful situations. P.S. Racing is supposed to be fun, so don’t get yourself worked up over nothing!