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Race Training Tip: Long Workout = Dress Rehearsal

I work better under the pressure created by a deadline, so I like to think of races as deadlines. They provide set goals and training plan — I love a schedule. If you're the same way, whether you're competing in a triathlon, a half or a whole marathon, I have a little tip: use your long workouts as dress rehearsals. Wear the clothes, down to the socks, that you plan to wear on race day. This way you'll know what works and what rubs. Make sure to test your nutritional regimen too, from the pre-meal dinner to sports gels for during the race. Race days tend to be a little bit crazy, and your adrenaline will likely be pumping. Having put your gear through trial runs, you can focus on making it to the finish line rather than futzing with your new shorts.

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runningesq runningesq 8 years
Michlny ... nuts don't digest well for me. And no offense, but unless you've trained for something at this distance, you really don't understand. You have to find something that tastes good and you can force down your throat at mile 10 and will sit well in your stomach. A lot of those natural food bars are high fiber. I need sugar and I need a lot of it.
michlny michlny 8 years
Seems like there are some high calorie raw food bars out there - made up of nuts, natural foods, etc. better nutrition than "junk" calories. Just for health in the long run.... Not judging, just putting it out there..... :)
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
I like payday also. Actually, I like snicker more, but I still have not figure out how I can keep it from melting with the chocolate candy bar. Another thing that I eat is granola bar.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Like what? I need to stay away from fiberous foods and focus on salt, sugar (glocose), and some protein. I like paydays because they (1) taste good, and (2) sit well in my stomach. It's not a calorie issue for me since I'll be racing for 14-15 hours that day ... and 7-8 of it will be on the bike. I need to take in about 250 calories/ hour, and the payday works for me. I know triathletes who like the "uncrustable" sandwhiches, fig newtons, snickers, etc. It's about what you can stomach at mile 100 on the bike.
michlny michlny 8 years
runningesq - I am just curious - why would you eat a payday, rather than something more nutritious?
runningesq runningesq 8 years
This is SO important. One of the most well known sayings is nothing new on race day. That goes for hydration, nutrition, clothing, socks, shoes, etc. For my Ironman I am working on 'dialing in' my nutrition plan for the bike. I use long rides to see what works and what doesn't. Right now the plan is 217 calories of Infinit (concentrated) per hour, plus 1/3 of a King Sized Payday ever 35 miles. I'm still working on what to wear for each leg. Since the swim isn't wetsuit legal, I'll probably just go regular Speedo. I plan on a full change into my fav bike shorts and a jersey, and then another full change into running shorts and a singlet. It's a lot to plan !!
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