4. Train As You Will Race
Let’s face it: even though races can be enjoyable experiences, they can also be stressful affairs — especially if you have your heart set on a specific goal. As such, the more you can be prepared come race day, the better. Some specific things include knowing as much as possible about the race’s course. What does the elevation profile look like? Where on it you expect to face your biggest challenges? What have others said or written about the race? Just as you plan for your training leading up to the race, so too should you plan for the event itself. Create a race-day plan. If possible, get out on the course beforehand or find a training route that mirrors the actual course.