Pre-race rituals. Superstitions. What ever you want to call it. We all have them. Those specific things we do come race day. Some people eat or drink special things. Others have a certain warm up routine. And still others have a lucky charm of one kind or another. Whatever they are, they make us feel prepared. They make us feel safe.
I don't know about you, but I am a creature of habit. I have a number of things I
have like to do before a race. Maybe I am a little OCD, although my family would probably tell you I am a lot OCD. I have rituals. The following are my top 10 in no particular order.
**Sleep. I make sure I get a good night's sleep the two nights before the race. This really does make a huge difference! I also use GABA on those nights before the race.
**I Paint my toe nails. This is a must! Lately I have been including my girlie in this ritual...What girl doesn't like pretty toe nails?
**The day before the race I will eat a burger and fries. This is really the only time I eat fast food, and boy, does it taste good!
**A few days before the race I start gathering all the gear that I will need.
**Make sure my Garmin and ipod are charged.
**Brazilian...this doesn't always happen, but I like when it does!
**The night before the race I lay out everything I will need... I pin on my bib #, put my timing chip on my shoe, and just make sure everything is good to go.
**I always eat the same pre race breakfast: Strawberry or vanilla yogurt, a banana and water.
**I drink NoXplode...it's my morning wake me up...It also helps clean out the "pipes."
**Vitamin B-12 drops! I take this before, during and after the race! I realized a little over a year ago that I have a B-12 deficiency and this has really helped in my racing!
Well, there you have it, my pre-race rituals. What are your pre-race rituals?