Week #16 – The Final Week
It's almost here. I don't know about you, but I am starting to get really excited for the big day. Since you will all be running much less next week and will therefore have much more time on your hands, here's how you will occupy that time.
Get all your gear together: Assemble anything and everything you will need for your race. Try on your entire race outfit and go for a few runs. You will want to try out your clothes and gear and simulate your race with the exact clothing that you will wear on race day. Do not leave anything to the last minute. Nothing adds to potential tri stress like running around the day the marathon trying to buy your your Power Gels or Body Glide and they are nowhere to be found.
Stretch: Use the extra time you have since you are not training as much this week to loosen up those muscles that have become tight from months of hard work. I will often spend up to an hour each session stretching the week before a race.
Visualize Success: Sit back, throw on your iPod and visualize the perfect race. Envision yourself running the perfect race — standing at the start line feeling excited, but not nervous, to get going. Feeling the first miles as you hold back and run a 'smart' race. Cruising through the first half with ease and confidence because you have followed your plan. See yourself pass the 20 mile mark, knowing that there is "only" a 10K left. Visualize that final mile when you know that you are almost there and get a final burst of energy. Picture yourself seeing the finish line in front of you and then crossing with arms raised and a huge smile on your face.
Relax: The work is done. The best thing that you can do now is rest, rest, rest. When it comes to workouts now the rule is, "When in doubt, leave it out."
Congratulations on making it this far!