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Here we come, Connecticut!

30 May

Mark is racing in a Half Ironman this week in Connecticut.  It’s in Middlebury and the race is called Rev 3 Quassy.


So while Mark is doing his triathlon thing, I’ll be enjoying the sun, the sights and the sounds of the Quassy Amusement park … oh and cheering on Mark, of course.

There are some things to remember when you register for an event out of your home turf. I find it helps to make a list:

  1. Book a hotel and plane tickets well in advance. You do not want to register for an event and have no where to stay or any way of getting there if the event is very far.
  2. Bring all your tri stuff (bike, helmet, shorts, shirts, shoes, goggles, sunglasses, etc). I would set everything out and check it twice before finally packing it all.
  3. Insure your bike. If you are driving with your bike then it’s not too much of a big deal. But if you need to fly with your bike, make sure you have it appraised an insured – you never know with airlines sometimes.
  4. Ensure you have enough time to adjust to the time difference (if you’re in a different time zone) and allow enough time for the airline to return any lost items (you never know!)

Racing in a different location is always exciting and you can often pair it with a small vacation to visit the surrounding area.

Hopefully I can make a quick trip to Yale in New Haven this weekend. I would love to see their Rare Book library.


Race day prep tips

17 May

Race day prep should start a day or an evening before your event. There are a few things you should do as a participant to make sure you are ready to perform at your best and not stress out the morning of the race.

Here are a few tips to get you through race day prep:

  1. Think ahead of your pre-race supper (the day before) and breakfast (the morning of)
    – Make sure you eat something your gastrointestinal system can handle
    – Eat a basic carbo meal the night before; nothing with too many spices or greasy fat
    – Breakfast should consist of something filling but nutritious (i.e. white bagel with jam or peanut butter and a piece of fruit)
    – Drink lots of water
    – Do not try to eat all your carbs the day of your race. By that time, you should have all your carbs stored
  2. Lay out all your clothes and other items you will need to bring the morning of your race
    – It may be useful to write a list of everything you wish to bring and pack them all before you go to bed
  3. Make sure you get your race bib the evening or day before the race
    -Most races offer day-of race kit pick up but you take the risk of panicking and stressing to get everything in order (especially if there is an error with your registration – best to get that all fixed the day before)
  4. Visualize your outcome of the race
    – This helps athletes of all levels find a bit of zen before the gun goes off
  5. After the race: if you have friends or family cheering you on, make sure you have a meeting spot after you cross the finish line.