It’s Tuesday and that means it’s Tri Talk Tuesday with me, The TriGirl Chronicles, and The Cupcake Triathlete! Today, in honor of my co-hosts and their race season beginning (congrats, Rat Snake Triathlon and Greendale Triathlon finishers!), our theme is Pre-Race Jitters.
Me, on the other hand? I just finished my season of half marathons and don’t have a multisport race until the Maryland Olymipc Duathlon in mid-July or a triathlon until the Iron Girl Columbia on August 17.
Wait, unless I add a race.
Should I add a race?
You know me, always up for pushing that Register button, I’ve got something brewing.
So I’m not quite there yet with triathlon pre-race jitters, but thinking about all my races makes me start to feel jittery.
Maybe I should have more coffee.
So here are three things you should know about me and pre-race jitters:
Me pre-race #1: I have a lot of energy. I jump up and down. It helps get my jitters out. When I was little and my parents would come to a school event, they’d find me easily by spotting my little head bobbing up and down in the crowd. It’s my thing.
Me pre-race #2: I like to have a half cup of coffee the morning of a race. Then I like to have a Gu with caffeine, perhaps even the Espresso Gu, right before the race start. I am therefore super-crazy-wired.
Me pre-race #3: I talk. To everyone. To anyone. I talk my dad’s ear off if he’s driving me to the race. I talk to the other competitors.
Thankfully, I don’t talk to myself.
Here are three things that I probably should do to counteract these natural tendencies:
A better pre-race #1. Okay, so perhaps jumping up and down isn’t the best race-anxiety mechanism. It’s a waste of energy. I should do some light stretching and relaxation.
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A better pre-race #2: If I have the Espresso Gu too far in advance of the race, this will accentuate #1 and #3 – lots of jumping and general over-energetic yapping going on. So what I should do is to focus on my pre-race sleep, hydration, and nutrition to be sure I am physically at my peak, and time the intake of each of these items.
A better pre-race #3: Instead of mindless chatter I should listen to music, check my Transition Checklist and think through the transition routine, visualize the race course, and concentrate on my race plan so I don’t go out too fast.
How do you handle pre-race jitters?
(This doesn’t have to be limited to triathlon, it applies to all races – running, cycling, whatever gives you race anxiety!)
Next week’s theme is TRAINING/LIFE BALANCE. Gulp. For the previous Tri Talk Tuesday topics and the upcoming theme, you can always check here!