These days, to keep the shape and have a little fun, many people join different kinds of races. It can be a run, marathon, bike race, or even a triathlon. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned racer, you would still worry about an upcoming race, most especially during the few several days before it.
Preparation is also a crucial part of the race. During such time, the competitor would have to read his or her mind and body for the big day. The following are just some tips on how you could be well-prepared for the event and finish victoriously.
The first thing you need to do is prepare your gear.
For a run or a marathon, the basic things you would need are quality running shoes, comfortable clothes, and a bottle for your water. However, if you would be joining a bike race, you would need much more than the clothes you’re going to wear. You should have a bike that has already been checked for damages, helmet, and other safety gear. As for triathlons, one of the most important things you have to have is a suit. Since you would be doing three different courses (swim, run, bike), you better get a suit that would allow you to do all without having to change into different outfits in between. Also, it is vital to have the best triathlon transition bags that you could get.
Next, you have to plan your training.
Whatever kind of race you are going to enter, you would have to have a schedule and plan for it. It would be best to start planning early so you would have time to work on your weaknesses. This is even more important for those who are joining a triathlon because you have to practice swimming, running and cycling, not to mention prepare yourself for the transitions. Then, improve your health. For you to be able to go through the harsh training and the race itself, you would need to be healthy, mind and body.
Eat the right foods and follow a certain diet that would work best for you.
Do not experiment with a new diet if you are already in the last week before the race. Build up your body with carbs, protein, and healthy fats. Do not forget to stay hydrated at all times. In between training, you might want to meditate to keep your mind at peace. Try to avoid other stress-related activities for a while. The training itself can be really stressful as you have to undergo different routines.
However, it would help to think positive and keep on encouraging yourself. You can find someone who can train with you or hire a coach to help you become even better. You might also want to check out the route and try it out beforehand, to give you knowledge of what you are going to be facing. During the day of the race, get everything prepared early and beat the starting point an hour before the race. This would give you enough time to warm up and relax your mind before the gun goes off. Good luck!