March 11, 2015
Race week is upon me – and I’m ready!
I’m feeling good and with just four more days of preparation before 70.3 Monterrey, I can’t wait to get out there and see what’s in the tank.
Today is a travel day where I’ll be journeying form San Francisco to Mexico. It’s not that much of a trip – a flight to LAX and then on to Monterrey for a total of 5.5 hours of flying – but it’s still an important time when you need to minimise disruption to your body’s usual routine. Staying well hydrated is key; there’s never a bottle of Osmo Active Hydration too far from my hand. I also wear compression gear when flying – not just to help prevent DVT, but to help reduce the effects of travel such as swelling and help keep the blood flowing.
Every triathlete who has ever flown with a bike will know it can be a daunting task – loading it onto the oversize conveyor belt and saying a little prayer is not an uncommon practice for me! Here’s hoping today’s baggage handlers got out of bed on the right side and treat my beloved Felt IA with plenty of TLC.
On arrival in Mexico, it’s all about getting settled as smoothly and as quickly as possible. I typically do a shake out run once checked in – nothing strenuous just 20 to 40 minutes of steady running. This helps get the body moving and the blood flowing after hours sat on your backside. It’s not uncommon to feel a bit creaky at this stage, but I know by now that this is just travel and it soon vanishes.
Then it’s into my routine – whatever the time difference (it’s just two hours to Moneterrey), I will be in bed at my normal time and up at my usual time.
In the few days pre race I will stay off my feet as much as I can and always enjoy getting stuck into some boxsets. I have a secret stash of classic British comedy like Fawlty Towers and Bottom that are just perfect for this time. It’s daft slapstick humour and I love it!
Getting the body and mind in GO! mode is vital in the last few days before a race and I know my routine well by now. It can often be challenging when you do it solo, but that’s how I roll and I value this time to myself as I plan my attack on the race.