Pre-race Rituals

I am really particular about doing things a certain way and having everything just so. I’m not a completely annoying person about it (I think anyway), I make messes, my clothes end up on the floor and sometimes I take a few days to fold and put my laundry away. But having some particular pre-race rituals really helps me to get my mind and my equipment ready. 

– I lay everything out the night before. I know this is sort of trendy but it (usually) helps me to make sure I have everything I need. I didn’t lay out my goggles at the Tall Pines tri and I forgot them. I lay everything out now. 

– I lube everything up the day before or two days before if I won’t use it. The bike chain, the cleats, everything. I also air up my tires and pack my pump still. 

– I make sure I get there about an hour before the start. This is my happy spot because I can get in, layout my transition area, get marked, and do a little warm up before it’s time for the start. 

– I drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. This is my normal routine and I try to keep things the same. I don’t usually eat before a morning workout but I might eat some Cliff blocks or something easy to digest like a banana. I really just don’t want to do anything new or different. 

– Last thing I do is try to go to bed on time or even a bit early since I can have trouble sleeping in a new place. I’ve sort of trained myself to sleep in varying environments with the use of soft ear plugs, a sleep mask, and some lavender essential oil and maybe some melatonin. It really helped when I was TDY and sleeping in large open bays with hundreds of other women all in different schedules and with alarms. 

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