No matter what your experience or preparation is leading into a race, most likely you will experience some kind of race related nerves. For some, it doesn't start until they get to the event. For others, it can start days or even weeks leading up to the event.
Here are 10 tips to combat these race day jitters.
Follow Your Training Plan
If you are physically prepared for your race, you will likely have one less thing to worry about.
Know Your Race Course
If you live locally, drive or train on your race course. Knowing the course will alleviate questions about what's to come in your race. If you don't live locally, review your athlete's guide which will include maps and descriptions of the course.
Know Race Day Details
When does the race start? Is there gear drop off? When does the transition area close? Where will you meet your loved ones when it is over?
Plan Your Outfit
Seriously! Plan what you will wear—every aspect. Watch the weather and made sure it is appropriate and practice, practice, practice in your gear.
Plan Your Nutrition
Just like your outfit, you should have practiced nutrition during your training. What will you eat? What will you drink? Do you have your favorite flavors on hand? Be sure to plan and pack exactly what you need.