1. Bring your kit on your carry on.  Trust me when I say it sucks when your airline loses your luggage and you’re racing in a patchwork of donated gear.
  2. Be conservative for the first few days.  After that your heart rate naturally depresses and you can push a little harder.
  3. Day three is the hardest.  This is when the delayed onset muscle soreness starts to rear its ugly head.  Just get moving and you’ll warm up.
  4. Ladies-don’t bother with a she-whiz, you’re going to drop trou eventually and be over it.  You’ve got bigger fish to fry.
  5. Leaves are not an adequate substitute for TP, bring some and keep it in your pack.
  6. When your stage is over, find a river or some other body of water to sit in.  
  7. Size up a level in terms of shoes.  You’re going to need room for the swelling.
  8. Bring an extra pair of shoes in case things go sideways.
  9. Do not skimp on the socks.  Foot problems can make or break a race.  Find something that works for you, and stick with it.  
  10. Don’t look at the standings, in fact-turn off your phone.  Run your own race and see what happens. 
  11. Trust your training, trust your system, and understand that everyone approaches things differently.  
  12. Your recovery will be vastly better if you fat adapt before your race. If you are curious to learn more, check out some of my other blog posts or shoot me a message.

If you have to bring your own food:

  1. Don’t bring the same thing to eat every day, you will quickly regret it.  Variety is the spice of life!
  2. Speaking of spice-avoid it at all costs.  Keep your flavors as neutral as possible.
  3. Dear God don’t forget the coffee!
  4. Bring broth or something hot to drink.
  5. Stay as natural as possible or your stomach will revolt.  
  6. Don’t forget to bring treats to keep you motivated.  

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