By now, you’ve been happily training through some mixed weather, hopefully getting out on the hills by foot or under pedal. You might have even done another race by now or got a bit of kayak training in. However, if not, don’t panic – “control the controllable.” You can’t change what’s passed – you can’t get back lost training days over the next week. All you can do is control the next 7 days.
1.Get lots of sleep – you need at least 7-8 hours per night for your body and mind to be properly rested. Put laptops/phones away an hour before sleeping.
2.Scale down training intensity – keep running and cycling so your body burns energy but reduce the intensity of the training – it shouldn’t be flat out or stressful. Shorter speed workouts are fine to keep the legs firing.
3.Eat well & hydrate – 3 solid meals are important, but eat plenty of nuts, fruit, fish, red meat, eggs. Avoid sugar hits such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, cakes or too much carbs. A balance of protein and fats is also important. Always have a water bottle with you and keep sipping!
4.Pack early – print the mandatory kit list, make your own gear list, check your bike is in good working order, bring spares and your bike toolkit. Check the weather so you’re prepared for hot, wet or cold.
5. Be informed – make sure you know where you are picking up your race pack, what time you have to be at the start line, where you can park and all the rules and guidelines associated with the race.
6.Get inspired – watch your favourite sports movie; listen to your most played playlist or check out the post event video from last year’s event to get you pumped!