Think about what foods you eat on the day of a race. I know what I like to eat and don't like to eat. Some foods don't sit well in my stomach while others are nice and light. For instance, I don't have dairy on race day and I wouldn't eat a big steak. Everyone is different, but find out what you can and can't eat and keep a routine.
Tie Shoes Tight
Make sure you tie your shoes tight. I have nightmares about being clipped from behind and a shoe coming off. I'd rather a shoe on too tight than too lose. Maybe I'm OCD but at least my shoes will hopefully never fly off.
Set Warm Up
Make sure you have a set warm up that doesn't deviate too much each time you race. I know what my warm up routine is and I keep it exactly the same each time I race. It also helps to settle the nerves. This means I can just go through the motions and not have to think too much because it is always the same. Having a set routine will also help you to manage your time better before your race so you get everything done that you want to do.
Good Night's Sleep
Make sure you get a good night's sleep the night before the race. It's not crucial as you should have logged some good hours in the lead up to your race, but a good sleep helps to freshen the body and also helps to kill some hours on race day if your race is later on in the day. Sometimes I don't race until 10pm at night so I like to sleep in as long as I can, sometimes to 11am, to kill as much time as I can on race day.
Double Check Bag
Double check that you have packed everything for your race. You don't want to rock up to your race to find you have packed two left racing flats. Again, OCD helps to make sure you have everything packed. Even pack food and drink for after the race to help with your recovery so you can be raring to go for the next race.
All the best on race day!
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