Many of us are getting within reach of our key races for the season. We are counting down the weeks and the days until we get to that start line. Some of us are rocking out in our training and some of us are wondering whether we have done enough or will be ready.
Regardless of what category you fall into or how your last weekend of training went, you need to remember one thing. The only day that matters, the only session that matters, is race day.
If you are training well, great! But it means nothing unless you can transfer it over to race day. Pay attention to why things are going well; your pacing, nutrition, etc. Remember what works, a well as what doesn't. Draw confidence from your great sessions and use it if you start to doubt yourself as the race gets close.
If you are not training well, or aren't sure whether you will be ready for race day, don't stress. Stick to your plan and believe in yourself. If you have a session that goes poorly, learn from it if you can and then move forward. The only thing that we can control is the next thing that we do. Focus on executing that as well as you can!!
If you are not sure whether you will have done enough for a race due to injury, life or sickness. Know that as endurance athletes, we tend to do too much. That the only time that we feel accomplished is when we have shelled ourselves. Our bodies are capable of so much more than we think (especially when rested) and many times we see a breakthrough without the 200k rides and 30k runs.
So get out the door, train hard and love every second of it. Winter will be back soon enough and we will all wish it was August again!!!!
Life is good~