We are all too familiar with our “A” race of the season. Be it that first Ironman, the National Championships, or even Worlds. for some, their “A” race may just be that first Tri, or that local race everyone loves. Whatever it is for you, it’s the big priority of the season. A person can only have a few of these each year. I would even put the number at a max of 2. But some of us want to race more than that. That is where “B” and “C” races come into play. They are the lower priority races you do just for experience or for fun.
“C” races are treated like a workout… nothin special… just go out and race and have fun while getting some good training. But what about “B” races? You don’t want to taper for them… but they are a little more important than your local sprint done on a whim that weekend. Here are 3 things you can do for that upcoming “B” race!
1. Clean and tune your bike.
In this regard, I treat it like an “A” race as far as equipment goes. Give your bike a good wash, and even take it to the shop to get her tuned up if you don’t feel you can do it yourself. You don’t want a dirty drivetrain stealing your watts, and a misaligned deraileur derailing your day. Get your bike read to race so you will get the most out of it. It is also a great way to see how long a tune up takes at the shop as well as getting an extra chance to prevent any serious issues from sneaking up from too long a time between shop visits.
2. Practice your race plan
Nothing new on race day! Well… we really should say “nothing new on “A” race day.” B and C races are a great place to try out new things. Practice your nutrition. Try out a new piece of equipment or that new product before your big race. C races are the best place to do this, but B races are good too. You ideal will have been testing new things in training, but a real race is always a great place to give a new plan or product a real run for it’s money!
3. Rest a day or two before the race
You don’t want a full taper throwing off your training block, but you don’t want to come into a “b” race tired. take an easy day or a full rest day the day before. Put your feet up. Take it easy. Be ready to kill it come race day! This will also serve as a testing group for you to see how your body responds to rest and recovery. You will be able to better see if you need your day off the week of your “A” race to be the day before or maybe a little further out. If you feel sluggish after a day off, you may want to take a day off 2 days out and do some light training the day before so you feel sharp. That’s how I am!
So there you have it. 3 easy things you can do to get ready for a “B” race. I’ve got one this weekend. Not a big target other than the fact that it’s the first race of the season, but I still want to nail it. I’m doing all these things, so we’ll see how I do! Check back next Tuesday for my race report!
What things do you do to get ready for a “B” race? Let me know in the comments or hit me up in Twitter!