Do you review your race and write a race report?
by Coach Nicole Odell, NEO Endurace Sports
If not, you should.
You don’t have to write a minute-by-minute account of your race, but you should at least go through what happened on race day. Thinking about what really happened and comparing it to what was planned will help with your preparation for your next event. (The best way to have do this is to have a specific plan in mind, and soon I’ll be sharing my updated Race Plan Template with you!)
No race goes exactly to plan. Or if you don’t have a plan (which you should!), chances are there are things that you could have done better. These are your lessons learned. For continuous improvement across your season, you should review all aspects of your race, even starting a day or two prior to the event, and write down the things that you should repeat and the things you should do differently next time.
For example, I once raced a 70.3 (Kansas) and felt pretty crappy at the end. I was definitely dehydrated and a bit “off.” My fueling and hydration was to plan, but something wasn’t right. Then I thought about what happened the day before the race, and remembered a picture of me soaking wet from sweat from the athlete meeting, and I was just drinking water, no electrolytes. I just spent way too much time outside in the heat and humidity the day before the race, that I started my race in a deficit.
Lesson: Don’t hang out in the heat! Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but check the weather and be prepared to stay hydrated and as cool as possible.
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