Race Tips

Race tricks from Florida IM race in 2008, and the tricks still are actual… every year
We where put up with sub 10 degrees every morning for the week in Florida. Same for all ? Yes, but here´s what i did to win from the begining.
Went  in good time to the race area, got a parking close to the startarea, so I could go and get all ready :
(pump the bike, put drinks and energy stuff on bike and in transistionbags, get number written on my racebody, memorize the way to run in-out of transistion a last time)
Then I could go back to the car, where some hot coffee was waiting, lay down in the back, listen to music, and stay warm and relaxed.
Then in good time before the start, I put the weetsuit on AND……… plasticbags on my feet – then supercheap socks, hat and gloves.
And when I was standing in the cold sand on the beach, waiting to go in, I was looking at all the other 2000 competitors, and they where loosing energi and getting really cold feet.  Some of them where for sure women in my agegroup, and I knew…… I am are already winning, it is going to be a good day.
Race smarter – not harder, see you out there , Kaisa

Here is a top 10 from me to you, towards a good raceday.

1. Never use new equipment on race day. Your equipment is a part of you, be a friend with it, a friend you know already.
2. Understand that mental stress takes a lot of energy. Conserve it by planing ahead and doing som good meditation.
3. Check the weatherforcast, and ask locals. Over/underdressing is not good.
Heating up or getting cold is really bad I think, so do all you can to prevent this by having good equipment and a flexible race/dress plan.
4. Let it flow. Dont judge every moment like good or bad, let your mind focus on good feelings and driving you forward.
Can you change something to the better ? Then change.  If not,  then let it go.
5. Dont freak out on the first 300m of the swim. (unless you are a pro trying to stay in a back)
Going all out, and blowing out all the tension is not good. You burn to much good sugar to fast, and you body will remember this the rest of the day, maybe doing all kinds of bad stomachthings later in the race.
6. Just drink a little in the beginning of you bikepart. Dont eay, dont drink big amounts to farst. Then slowly start your dinner after 15-20 min.
7. Keep you energy-intake good. Test it in training or B-races (less important races). Go for something like 30 to 60 gram of carbohydrates per hour.
8. Stay wet !!! Inside that is. In average, our stomach can absorb about 0,7 L of water per hour. The more sugar you have in your drink, the longer the trip from the stomach out to you vital parts take. If you have water jumping around in you stomach, you are drinking to fast or to much or the thick a mix, or a bit of all.
Again, test it before your important race, so you know how to do.
9. Belive in yourself. Find a race that fits you, do the traning, and the on race day, belive. Go find your hero, by looking in your mirror !!
10. Have fun and enjoy. You are there by free choise, for a reason, for something that is important to you.
Now is the moment, all you have trained for, so decide to go all out, and smile all the way. Make it a day to remember.

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