It has been six months of hard training and dedication. You want to have a great race. You have envisioned the finish line. However, when it comes to racing, many athletes ‘burn so many matches’ in the beginning of the race. If you have been training at a steady state effort for a race, why will you go harder in the race if you haven’t trained to hold those efforts for long periods of time. This will lead into ‘burning your matches’ early in the race. Follow your race plan and your nutrition plan. Get enough rest leading into the rest. Check your resting heart rate early in the morning. Keep track on what you are eating. Make the adjustment necessary so you can have a good race.
As a coach, the last thing I want to see is two bottles full of nutrition on your bike after the race. Follow your plan and stick with it.
Listen to your Coach!
Please write down everything you plan to eat on the bike and on the run. When you are ready, shoot me a text and email and let me know when you are free to chat.
Lack of Sleep is associated with increased sports injuries!
As many Triathletes, we have families, full time jobs, relationships and other things in life that we plan on our day. We only have 24 hours during the day and sometimes we can’t cram everything in one day. However, we give up sleep and try to fit as much as possible in one day.
Sleeping less than 8 hours significantly increases the rate of being injured. In addition, within time, your performance starts decreasing. If you have an injury that is lingering and it doesn’t go away, you are not allowing yourself to recovery significantly.
Sleep more! Go to bed early!
Make sure you are going to bed early. If you are stressing that you have another workout to do and you can’t get it in, talk with your coach (me) and I will adjust your training. I will like for you to start tracking your sleep in TrainignPeaks under metrics.
Train safe and injury free!
Source : Milewski, M., Skaggs, D., Bishop, G., Pace, J., Ibrahim, D., Wren, T., & Barzdukas, A. (2014). Chronic lack of sleep is associated with increased sports injuries in adolescent athletes. Journal of pediatric orthopedics., 34(2), 129–33. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25028798