Posted by: David D. Daggett | August 22, 2011

Planned Performance

Planned Performance

       One of the most powerful lessons from endurance racing is that success happens by plan, not by chance. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail. This principle applies to all aspects of our lives.

A Planned Performance

      Of course endurance racing takes training and training plans. Moreover, we must have a plan for race day and race execution. That plan must be practiced many times in advance under simulated race conditions in order to work optimally on race day.

     Our race day plans include equipment and logistical planning, performance and pacing planning, and nutritional planning. In addition, we have to plan for the unexpected difficulties that may arise during the day.

      Nutritional strategies are an important part of our race day plan, and an area where many athletes have difficulties. Our pre-race and during-race nutritional strategies need to be well developed and practiced, and well rehearsed prior to race day. There are many sources of literature and information on the basic principles of race day nutrition. We need to study and learn those principles, and then apply them to our unique bodies, physiology, and expected race conditions.

      Race day nutrition needs to be well rehearsed. Part of this rehearsal is specifically following our nutritional strategies at race intensity. Our bodies process nutrition much differently at higher intensities. Accordingly, it is imperative to practice over and over our nutritional strategies at race intensity and in conditions as close to race conditions as possible. Failure to plan and rehearse these strategies will severely inhibit race day performance.

      Race day logistics and race pacing need to be planned, rehearsed, and executed according to plan as well. Race day should simply be the proper execution of well-rehearsed race plans in order to obtain optimal performance.

      The really nice part about planning for performance is that the plan is completely under our control. There is no excuse not to properly plan for performance. The reward is that if we properly plan and execute our performance our race day results will be an accumulation that reflects the time and effort of our many months of preparation. Race day is simply a celebration of a well executed plan . . . plan to celebrate!

Planning to Perform,

David

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