I love the day before a triathlon almost as much as the actual triathlon. There’s so much anticipation and excitement in the air. From the expo to packet pickup to getting my gear ready to my favorite pre race activity: CARBO LOADING, race day eve is something I look forward to for months. The race morning jitters haven’t kicked in yet and I’m optimistic and hopeful about having a great race the next day.
And last Friday was no different.
We picked up our race packets at Endeavor Performance, an AWESOME cycling studio. We met Todd, the owner and chatting with him about his training sessions, bike fittings and how to go faster on the bike during a triathlon. We’ll definitely be coming back and taking some of his classes this winter! And if you’re ever in the Nashville area, make sure you check out Endeavor Performance!
The funny thing about the packet pickup was that they ran out of blue swim caps. So Davey got a lovely neon pink cap. I think he rocked it!
Then, we drove all over Nashville trying to find my beloved Huma Gel. We went to three different stores and thankfully the third one had 5 packets. And I bought all of them. Huma Gel is awesome. And also, maybe I shouldn’t have waited till the day before the race to stock up on my race day fuel.
Next it was on to my favorite part of the day: dinner. Although some people may argue that carbo loading isn’t necessary, I beg to differ. Davey and I don’t normally eat a ton of pasta, so carbo loading the night before a race is a special treat. My mouth is watering just looking at this picture. It was SO GOOD.
We decided to throw caution to the wind and try a new restaurant. A lot of people recommend eating something familiar before a race… something that you know for sure sits well with your stomach. But we’ve been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile so we decided it was worth the risk.
Now, if you have a sensitive stomach, it’s probably not a good idea to try something new, so just stick with whatever works for you.
After dinner, we went home to get our gear ready. We filled our water bottles and went over our Pre-Race Checklist multiple times to make sure we didn’t forget anything. We pinned our bib numbers to our shirts and to our bikes. And this is where my tip of the day comes in. If you can, put your bike number on your seat post.
Last year, I put my number on the frame of my bike and it flapped around and kept hitting my legs as I biked… it was SO ANNOYING.
So this year, I decided to put it on my seat post. The only problem was that it didn’t fit because my seat isn’t raised that high. My solution? I trimmed the edges of my number so that it would fit. I ended up cutting off the sticky part, so I just stapled it on and then used some tape to really secure it.
At this point, we were both too excited about the race to sleep so we tried to find an inspiring triathlon movie or documentary. We ended up finding this super rad documentary on YouTube called From Ordinary to Extaordinary. It’s about 3 friends and their journey to complete a Half-Ironman.
Do you have any pre-race rituals, traditions or set routines?