Post Race To Do List

Coach Mike Ricci holding a clip board
December 13, 2016

Mike Ricci


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We train and prepare diligently for our races, but sometimes we forget to enjoy the destination we're traveling to. Therefore, I suggest creating a post-race checklist to ensure you have something equally fun to look forward to once the race is over. I had the pleasure of racing at the ITU Grand Final in Chicago, and I developed the following checklist. Feel free to use it for future trips to Chicago or any race destination, and enjoy the post-race fun!

Things to do in Chicago when you're done racing at the ITU Grand Final:

1. **Play Country Bingo:** Try to collect photos with athletes from all participating countries. It's a fun way to interact with fellow competitors and celebrate global sportsmanship.

2. **Catch a Cubs game:** Experience the vibrant atmosphere of a baseball game at Wrigley Field, one of the oldest stadiums in the country. September baseball adds an extra layer of excitement to the experience.

3. **Enjoy a beverage at the Terrace at Trump Tower:** Take in the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline from this iconic spot. Even if it rains, there's something magical about witnessing a Midwestern thunderstorm.

4. **Visit Revolution Brewing:** If you're a beer enthusiast, don't miss the chance to taste the offerings at Revolution Brewing and other local breweries. Chicago's craft beer scene is gaining recognition and offers unique flavors worth exploring.

5. **Watch the Elite races:** Support the next generation of athletes by attending the Junior, U23, and Elite Paratriathlon races. It's inspiring to witness their talent and dedication firsthand.

6. **Take a walk along the lakefront:** Explore the beauty of Lake Michigan and enjoy the scenic views along the waterfront. It's a relaxing way to unwind after the race.

7. **Savor local cuisine:** Indulge in Chicago's renowned pork and sausage dishes, even if you're not a fan of sausage. The city is known for its diverse culinary scene, and you might discover unexpected flavors that delight your palate.

8. **Get excited for your next race:** Reflect on your achievements from the ITU Grand Final and start planning for your next race adventure. Embrace the anticipation and excitement of future challenges and accomplishments.

Remember to embrace the post-race experience and make the most of your time in Chicago or any race destination. Whether it's exploring the city, sampling local cuisine, or cheering on fellow athletes, there's plenty to enjoy beyond the finish line.

Coach Mike Ricci is the Founder and Head Coach for D3 Multisport.  His coaching style is ‘process-focused’ vs. ‘results-focused.’ When working with an athlete, their understanding of how and why they are improving is always going to take precedence over any race result. Yes, there is an end goal, but in over 2 decades of coaching, experience has shown him that if you do the right work, and for the right reasons, the results will follow.

Coach Mike is a USAT Level III Elite Certified Coach, Ironman University Certified Coach, and Training Peaks Level II Certified Coach. He was honored as the USAT Coach of the Year.

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