Stress. It’s the LAST thing you need on the morning of your triathlon. Make race morning as stress free and as smooth as possible by following these tips.
1. Go To The Race Expo
Not only will you have a great time at the expo, but being around all the race excitement and other triathletes may also help calm your nerves. Most races will have a pre-race meeting or a session that you will be able to attend where they’ll go over the rules and last minute details so that you know exactly what to do and where to go on race day. Make sure you go through your packet and read any important papers and review any maps they’ve given you.
You’ll also get lots of free samples which is one of my favorite parts. 🙂 And depending on your race, the expo may be at the actual race location, so you’ll be able to walk around the transition area and imagine how awesome it’s gonna feel crossing the finish line!
2. Mark Your Gear
You’ll get a few different size race numbers that you’ll have to attach to your helmet, bike and shirt (or race belt). Put your numbers on your helmet and your bike and shirt or race belt as soon as you get home so you don’t forget or loose them.
And while you’re at it, fill up your bike water bottles and pack your bike tools and spare tire in your bike bag. That will be one less thing you have to worry about in the morning.
2. Know Where To Park
This seems like a no-brainer but riding around a looking for where you’re supposed to park on the morning of your race can be very stressful. Ask around and check your race’s website to see if they have infomation on where to park. If you’re unfamiliar with the area or don’t recogonize where the lot is, do a test drive to ensure that you’ll know exactly where to go in the morning.
3. Use A Race Day Packing Checklist
The best way to make sure you don’t forget anything for your triathlon is to use a race day checklist, like this one. You could also set up a practice transition area and lay out all of your gear and then pack it right then and there, but a checklist is the a surefire way to remember everything from your bike to extra safety pins to chapstick.
4. Drive the route
If you haven’t had a chance to train on your race’s actual course, or if you’re doing an out of town race, then it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the course. Print out a course map and drive your bike and run routes. Keep a lookout for any big hills or sharp turns along the way and make a mental note of where they are so that you’ll be prepared and ready on race day.
Your first triathlon should be a FUN experience, and so we hope that these things will help decrease your stress and increase your excitement for your triathlon!
What are your tips for decreasing race day anxiety and stress?
Trainer DaveyTrainer Davey is an Orange County personal trainer at heart, but has since moved to Nashville and taken on the new challenge of triathlon training. Of course, he misses his home of Surf City...but Music City ain't so bad either!View all posts by Trainer Davey →
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