10 Ways to Conquer Race-Day Jitters

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.

More: 3 Race-Day Tips From an Olympian

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?

More: 8 Tricks of the Trade for Your Triathlon Checklist

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.

More: How to Avoid a Nutrition Meltdown on Race Day

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About the Author

Marcy Gialdo

Marcy Gialdo is a Level I USA Triathlon certified coach working with athletes in her home town of Philadelphia as well as athletes all over the country. In addition to coaching individual athletes, she is also the official coach of Team Healthier Generation, a national fundraising team. Find out more about Marcy at MarcyGialdo.com or contact her at coach@marcygialdo.com.

Marcy Gialdo is a Level I USA Triathlon certified coach working with athletes in her home town of Philadelphia as well as athletes all over the country. In addition to coaching individual athletes, she is also the official coach of Team Healthier Generation, a national fundraising team. Find out more about Marcy at MarcyGialdo.com or contact her at coach@marcygialdo.com.

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