9 Tips for Effectively Managing Race Week

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December 14, 2016

Brad Seng


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Your "A" race is just around the corner. Your body is absorbing the hard work you've put in, and you might be feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness. Here are some straightforward tips to help you manage the final days leading up to your big day:

1. Trust your fitness: Believe in the training you've completed and have confidence in your abilities.
2. Stick with your race week plan: Avoid the temptation to overdo it with last-minute training sessions. The work is done, and pushing too hard now won't add value.
3. Eat as you normally would: There's no need for special pre-race meals. Stick to your usual nutrient-rich diet, and if you have a favorite pre-race meal, go for it.
4. Organize your race gear: Ensure all your equipment is race-ready and organized for easy access.
5. Prepare your mind: With reduced training volume, focus on sharpening your mental game. Visualize key parts of your race, review your race plan, and stay calm.
6. Prioritize sleep: Aim for your best night's sleep 48 hours before the event to feel well-rested and refreshed.
7. Maintain a positive attitude: Surround yourself with your support group and stay positive. Take deep breaths if you feel tense, and remember they're part of your journey.
8. Walk with confidence: You've put in the work, and you know you're capable. Avoid comparing yourself to others and focus on your own journey.
9. Show gratitude: Smile and thank volunteers from race registration to packet pick-up and throughout the race. They're there to support you.
10. Be your best: You've prepared diligently, so go out there and give it your all!

Coach Brad is a USAT Certified Coach who emphasizes the importance of both physical and mental aspects in reaching an athlete's maximum potential.

Coach Brad Seng enjoys working with athletes of all abilities who set a variety of personal goals. He understands difficult training days. Challenging days and subpar workouts are inevitably part of the triathlon landscape, as are the times when you’re feeling great and everything clicks. He believes there are lessons to be learned from experiencing both. Sometimes having to fight for a workout is just what’s needed to achieve an important breakthrough in mental conditioning.  

Coach Brad is a USA Triathlon Certified Level II, USA Triathlon Certified Youth & Junior, Training Peaks Level 2 Certified Coach and NESTA Certified Sports Nutritionist (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association).

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