- Being excited, nervous or even anxious is
something everyone goes through before a race.
- Anxiety is created when you are
unprepared. Follow your race packet directions, double check
your gear/bike, review your transitions and picture yourself during
each part of the race in your head.
- Race day is not the time to try something new,
stick with what you know works.
Eat simple foods and drinks. Do not overeat. You
can go to a buffet after the race is over.
- Pre-race jitters can be relieved by focusing on
your breathing. Breathe in for a count of three; breathe out
for a count of six. Relax your mind, your body is about to
take over; let it do its thing.
- Another way to relieve jitters is to chat with
family, friends or other racers (note: please don't bother someone
who is concentrating on their pre-race set-up.)
Above all, give yourself a big pat on the
back. Finishing any race takes a lot of preparation, sweat
and maybe even tears. It is never easy and is an
accomplishment you should be very proud of.