July
9

Rider Q&A: Mountain Bike Race Day Prep

I’ve been using your program for the last ten months and I have to say the hard work has paid off immensely, I have a lot more stability, on-demand torque and I can move my 40lb DH rig around with much less effort, in short I feel faster, more confident and more alive on the trail. My problem is that come the 8th I have my first DH race of the season, and I want to know what I should do to prepare for the race. I couldn’t find anything in the manual, can you help me out? It’s my first run at the elite class and I want to use every advantage I can.

Just like with your training program, having a basic approach that you use on a consistent basis is the important part.

Thanks for your time,
- Scott Drouin

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Scott,

The main thing to keep in mind is that while you can certainly impact your performance with your race prep, 90% of your results come from the work you have done in training up to that point. You can’t make up for a lack of training with some sort of magical race prep and you also don’t need a super elaborate approach if you have been putting the work in up to this point.

With that said, here are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, train like you normally would but make sure your last hard workout is at least 2 days before your race. If you race on Sunday then that would mean having your last workout on Thursday the week before. That will give you Friday to rest and then you’ll be practicing on Saturday.

Here are a couple of articles to help as well:

Mental Approach: Check Up From the Neck Up

Race Day Nutrition: Eating to Fuel Great Performances

Race Day Warm Up: Prepping to Perform When it Counts

Just like training having a basic approach that you use on a consistent basis is the important part so use these tips as guidelines to help you create your own routine. Hope this helps…

-James Wilson-

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