I'm looking into blogging systems (or building my own) that will integrate nicely into the rest of the site. In the meantime, I might begin treating the forum as a place to do my own "blogging" and I welcome others to do so also. Maybe I'll port certain posts like this one over if/when a blogging system is in place.
To get things going, this reminded me of something Double has said to me a few times.
(Maybe the picture included helped me think of Double also...) He said race day is the easy part, the hard part is all the training that leads up to race day.
This blog and Double are right on. In training, you're changing your ultimate potential. On race day, you're just executing a plan that you have hopefully already committed to and doing what you know you're capable of doing. Race day should be the fun part.
So many people get very uptight about race day. I see it all the time. Heck, I used to take it to the extreme. For me, part of that was not always having a good plan for race day or not being confident in the plan I had. Part was not being sure I was capable of doing what I wanted to do or what I thought others expected of me. Part was very possibly not even really knowing what I was capable of.
The solution for this is very dependent on the individual. Some need key workouts and tune-up races that will help them set goals that will be challenging but attainable. Some need to realize that nobody expects of them more than they are capable of. Some need to develop a race plan that they are capable of and confident in executing.
If you're one of these people, as I once was, set a goal you know you are capable of. Then, develop your plan for attaining that goal. Then, on race day, get out there and have some fun going after it. If you feel the nerves coming, do something about it. Take a deep breath, joke around with someone, whatever fits your personality.
This doesn't mean you're not serious and focused when the race gets heated but wasting nervous energy pre-race and even in the early stages of a race won't help.
Any suggestions for ways to keep relaxed on race day when the nerves set in?