As your race approaches, you can think about your goals. One idea is to target three time-based goals:
- A stretch goal, you would be absolutely delighted to achieve this goal. You recognise that all the conditions on race day would be 100% to reach this.
- A goal that you would be happy with and deem the race as a success, you bring away some key learnings to help you with your next race.
- You survived! Made it to the finish line and learnt some lessons along the way, this is usually a "greater than" time.
To determine these time goals, you will need to consider your previous race experience, event conditions/route, current thresholds, training achieved. Pacing is critical, check the links below for how to create a well-planned race strategy:
- Pacing for Triathlon Events
- Pacing for Running Events
- Pacing For Duathlon Events
- How to Pace Your Cycle Event
Try and get something positive from your races, no matter what. They don't always go perfectly, that's just part of the sport. Ultimately, we do it to make ourselves happy, not as a job, so don't pile too much pressure on yourself.
To evaluate your race and plan for future performances, it's helpful to do post-race analysis.
- Triathlon Post Race Analysis
- Duathlon Post Race Analysis
- Cycling Post Event Analysis
- Running Post Race Analysis
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