Fitness trackers help finish Ironman races because it that’s what it did to me. My watches significantly improved my performance on race day.
Wearables have gotten a bad rap lately, and it’s probably because of glorified pedometers like the Fitbit Blaze and Apple Watch that look dorky and don’t do much beyond counting steps. And I’ll admit, I’m one of the people that will readily throw shade at these products for failing to provide useful health information.
Our minds can be our biggest supporters yet also our harshest critics. In a race our minds often flip-flop back and forth between cheering us on and convincing us that we are not capable of what it is we set out to accomplish. It’s important to not only be physically prepared for a race but also mentally prepared by creating a mental race plan.
One of the ways you can prepare your mind for a race is to write out how you think you’re going to feel each mile.
Here’s an example of a 5-mile mental race plan:
Almost every person who is into fitness dreams of doing his or her first marathon, right? It won’t be easy but it’s not very difficult to attain as well. So if you’re making your debut at the 13.1-mile distance, mind these words of wisdom from people who’ve been there and done that. It’s good to learn from them.