Tomorrow, twenty-six Endorphin Fitness athletes will toe the start line at Ironman Maryland, many of them for their first Ironman. Athletes, your coaches have put their heart and knowledge into making sure you are ready to have an amazing experience – which you will – and the entire EF community will be with you every step of the way. I wanted to take a quick moment to highlight some last minute tips as you start the race…
Never, Ever Give Up – There will be highs and lows in your race – don’t get down about the lows or overly excited about the highs. Stay calm and problem solve. If you hit a rough patch, think what needs to be done to get back on track (nutrition, pacing, mindset) and take action immediately. Never give up – it will all be worth it at the finish line.
Pace Smart – Most other athletes will race the bike and beginning of the run too hard. The race does not begin until mile 18 – everything before then is a long warm up. You MUST be comfortable on the bike and start the run slower than you think is necessary. Your reward will come when you are running past everyone else walking the last 10 miles.
Nail Nutrition – Nutrition and pacing are the two things that can ruin your race. Have a nutrition plan and execute on it but build in some flexibility based on how the day is going that still hits the numbers. Thirty-six hours before the race and on the bike are your primary times to fuel – don’t miss this opportunity. The more nutrition you can get in on the bike comfortably (and that you have practiced), the better.
Don’t Camp In Transition – People tend to waste too much time in Ironman transitions. It just isn’t necessary. Take your time to get the clothes and equipment you need, and then get out of there. You have worked too hard to waste unnecessary time here.
Have Fun – Ironman is quite the spectacle. Enjoy it – before, during, and after. Remind yourself that you are doing something that few people in their lives do and then fully embrace it. Race hard but look around as well – enjoy the experience.
Once again, we are very proud of you. Make tomorrow special!