You’ve most likely spent a lot of time preparing for your race. Whether it’s a full marathon, half marathon, triathlon, or obstacle race, you want to be at your absolute best when you step up to the starting line. Traveling to a race causes a number of issues that could leave you struggling to cross the finish line. Follow these tips to ensure peak performance on your big day!
Stay on Track
You’ve worked too hard to go off the rails now. If you’re traveling long distances to your big race you’ll want to keep a few things in mind to help yourself perform your best.
- While you’re flying to your race destination be sure to hydrate properly before, during, and after the airplane ride.
- When you get to your hotel be sure to take some time and set up the room for maximum comfort. Adjust the temperature setting and even move around the furniture if you need to. Unpack your clothes as well, you’ll feel more organized and settled in than living out of a suitcase for a few days.
- Most races will have a big expo with a lot of vendors and it will be tempting to try out the newest products and equipment but that might not be a good idea. You’ve trained with specific supplements and equipment there’s no reason to try something new on race day.
- Set a bed time each night and aim to go to sleep within 15 minutes of that window every night. The same goes for waking up; make sure you’re up one day at the time of the start of the race. Go outside and get a feel for the temperature, air quality, lighting and anything else. It’s best not to have surprises on race day.
Manage Family & Friends
Your family might be very proud that you’re running a marathon, ½ marathon, or triathlon but it’s important to mange expectations for them if they’re coming to the race site.
- Ideally if you’re at a destination race, have your family come in the day before and plan to stay a few days after the race. That way you’ll get family time but it won’t cut into your preparation for the actual race.
- If your family and friends are there to support you on race day, be sure to communicate with them on your plans for the day. If you want your family to be at mile 18, make sure they know how important it is that they are actually there. Give them your estimated time when you’ll be there, seeing and hearing a loved one cheer you on can go a long way!
- The same communication should be set for after the race. You don’t want to be worried about where your family & friends are when you’re exhausted from finishing the race. Set a specific meeting place ahead of time to put your mind at ease.
Hoard Information – This might sound too obvious but you can never have enough information about race day and everything that surrounds it.
- Be sure you know how you’ll get to the starting line and how long it will take. Know the expected temperature at the start, middle, and end of the race.
- Clearly no one can predict the weather exactly but knowing what to expect can help your prepare.
- One great tip is to talk to other racers while you’re there. Some might have run the race before and could have great advice on things you never even thought about