Thursday, April 17, 2014

TriTip #18

Don't Be Afraid to Experiment. It takes time, lots of time to figure out just what works for you, be it nutrition or what type of shoe you prefer. It literally took me over 20 different pairs of shoes to figure out which shoes I would use for training and racing (if you're curious: Newton Gravity for training, Adidas Adios or Skora Form for racing).

What you need to remember is to do this experimenting a long way away from your race so that you're adequately prepared on race day. Sometimes something you think will really work on race day won't, but you can minimize that risk by using the same stuff you would in a race in some of your important, high-level training sessions. Gels, for example, can cause some folks to have stomach problems. Yet many people buy them, assuming that using them exclusively on race day will boost their performance X percent. When it actually comes to race day, their gut isn't used to suddenly having carbohydrates to process during a workout and things go south from there.

Don't be afraid to experiment, but be smart about how you go about it.

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