Before every race, I have what I like to think of as, a “tried and true” pre-race routine. I’ll be honest, I love routines. I also know I need to be flexible and if part of my routine does not go to plan, I know I can roll with it. But my body and mind know the drill from the second I wake up on race morning and I would say it has served me quite well this season.
My usual pre-race formula goes somewhere along these lines:
Wake up early… very early. First up is coffee, yogurt, and oatmeal with peanut butter (Skippy of course); in that
order. I always travel with my mini rice cooker so I know I can make my oatmeal. They always say to focus on what you can control and not what you can’t; my rice cooker means I can control my breakfast😊
This past Sunday I made my pro debut at the Richmond CAMTRI Continental Cup and I still can’t help but smile when I think about the weekend. It was a great race and an awesome experience. I want more. I have never raced a triathlon in the afternoon and our start time was 1:30. Generally, I wake up at around 5 every morning which meant I would have 8 whole hours to get nervous for this race. Do I eat my regular pre-race breakfast twice? Or do I just eat my pre-race breakfast for lunch instead? At least then it is still “pre-race,” but not so much “breakfast.” Should I do a shake-out run right when I wake up? Or stay off my legs completely? Can I go watch Maddie race and cheer her on? Or is that too much and it might wear me out? Am I thinking about this too much? Yes.