For many on this web page, some of my clients, and many friends it is almost race day. For others race day or your big event is not far off. I would like to wish the best of luck to all, no matter what your adventure is. One of the things I like best about being a personal trainer and working with sports conditioning clients is that the people that tackle these type of events do it for themselves, they push themselves to train and compete at their highest level. Some have extrinsic motivation, but most are there to satisfy an inner desire or drive, to see how far you can push a human body and are willing to hurt to find that out. Athletes like you are the true athletes in this world, not like the professional realm that do nothing but play a game for a living and make an obscene amount of money to do so. The best "hidden sport truth" I have heard is that some pro football players get payed a bonus of up to $1,000,000 to make 80% of their conditioning workouts. How pathetic that you have to be bribed to train to play a game that pays you millions of dollars a year, yet those of us heading up the peak or running 100 miles, or riding 24 hours, etc. actually pay to do it. Hold your heads high no matter what your results are, you are the true competitors, even if you are only competing with yourself. You are heroes and your dedication will inspire others to push their limits, you trained hard while balancing a family, job, household, and life and did not have to be payed to do it. Although don't we all wish we were.
On a training note, don't forget to carbo load over the next few days. The recommendation is to consume 10 grams of carbohydrates for every kilogram of body weight per day for 1-3 days before your event, eating your largest carbo meal two night before your race, not the night before. This helps your muscles to rebuild and retain a large glycogen store for your big day.
Good luck to all!!!
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