Race Week - Self Management or Self Sabotage
by Ron Tribendis, D.C.
While following the Olympics in the beginning of the month, I found myself wondering how the athletes who competed in the final days handled the weeks leading up to their events without being distracted by the excitement, hype, and hassle of travel, the Olympic Village, the media and every other disruption. Certainly the seasoned, more experienced athletes have mastered self-management during race-week. Just as certainly, there were some athletes that experienced “self-sabotage” in the weeks or days leading up to their events.
Self-management during a competition week is critical, but it goes back even further than that. While race week is a very important part of the overall success of the "A" race, I like to think the last three weeks can be lumped together in a “race block” than can make or break your event. Sometimes the taper can actually be harder than the training.
Over the years I’ve developed a few techniques to optimize the last few weeks and avoid self-sabotage.
Ron Tribendis, D.C., is a member of the Endurance Corner coaching network. He has been competing in triathlons for 10 years, qualifying for Kona and the 70.3 World Championships. He has also coached multiple athletes to Kona and Clearwater. He currently lives in Frisco, TX, where he operates a sports medicine chiropractic clinic, North Texas Performance Chiropractic. He is a USAT Level 1 coach and active release (ART) full body certified.