By Chris Pilone.
“And Now for Something Completely Different” was a quite famous Monty Python movie. Sadly this is how some athletes approach race day itself when it comes to competing in endurance events such as ironman, half ironman or a marathon running event.
Some new form of nutrition is given out in the race pack or some type of new wheels or running shoes are obtained at the expo and then actually used in the key race. I have seen this on numerous occasions lead to various forms of disaster in the athlete’s biggest race of the year!
New wheels which have been untried in training end up breaking or just not working as they should. This goes for any type of bike equipment and even the bike itself. Last year a girl I coach rode a new bike in a half ironman event because of a sponsorship deal. This was on a few days notice and despite the best efforts of a number of people the fit between new bike and old bike was different. On the day this concerned this girl and she had a below par race. Some weeks later and with a proper bike fit sorted she had two very good performances at half ironman events.
On quite a few occasions I have seen new super duper forms of energy gels or energy bars handed out in race packs. On one occasion an athlete used these gels in the event and this resulted in a mid run chundering experience on the side of the road. If the athlete had stuck to what had worked in training I am pretty sure this situation could have been avoided.
So on the big day itself in terms of any type of equipment and nutrition, if it hasn’t been used in training or a build-up race, DON’T TAKE THE RISK!!!!!
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