Greetings TR Family!
Headed into Belgian Waffle in California this next Sunday. 132 miles of mixed terrain, 11K ft of climbing, temps in the 90s, and lots of other cyclists on the course to keep the “fun” even more “fun.”
I have plenty of “hay in the barn” fitness-wise and my overall race plan is ready to go… pacing, nutrition, and hydration are all dialed-in. We talk so much about pre-race planning and experimentation, but curious what folks’ favorite tips, traditions, activities, etc. are once the race is finished. I’m sure this depends on the type of event, and besides the obvious push for quality calories, cold fluids, and enjoying the festivities… what’s most satisfying, comforting, enjoyable, etc. within the first few hours after you finished a race?
Here’s what I’m planning so far:
- Cold recovery drink
- Plenty of cold water
- Snacks packed
- Cooler with towels in a water/ice mixture
- Change of clothes
Typically a shower is high on this list, but won’t have access to one for at least a few hours after I finish.
And of course, all this assumes the obvious “comforting” sense of accomplishment that comes from completing a challenging event like this.
Thanks in advance for the input!!