Jen Rulon

Pre Race Jitters are REAL!!!

It is time. It is Race Week. You are at the venue and ready to “ROCK THE SHIT” out of your race. Let me break down your week for you.

You are TWO days from your Ironman Triathlon! 

You are excited, hanging at the Expo and grabbing your Ironman Branded Gear. You start hearing what people say about their training and how many miles they have taken. You head back to the hotel. You get your T1 and T2 gear ready. The bike is prepared. You sit with more athletes at dinner. They talk about the “war” stories of how much training they did. They pull out their phone to look at their data. You observe.

You are ONE day from your Ironman Triathlon! 

You eat a LARGE breakfast and must start tapering your food today. You head down to the bike drop-off with your bike and TI/T2 bag. You begin hearing MORE people discuss their training. You head back to the hotel. You jump on your social media. You see, EVERYONE is talking about Ironman this and Ironman that. People keep talking about the weather. Is it wetsuit legal? What do you do?


Sound familiar? After dealing with many Pre Race Jitters myself, I present to you:

“Three Tips to Conquer Your PreRace Jitters”

1. Take some time to step away from people.

Yes, I said it. Sometimes, athletes and everyone are annoying as crap and just pissing you off. It happens. People are excited, anxious, happy, and nervous, but you don’t need to carry that negativity. Step away.

Take at least 10 – 30 minutes a day from Wednesday to Race Day with your thoughts. If you need music and a book to help yourself, utilize that.

Race Day: You will head into the race with a much better attitude focusing on YOUR race and abilities than everyone and their mother!

2. Step off of social media the day before the race.

There is no need for more noise and comparisons in your head and on social media. You have dealt with that enough, and NOW social media will worsen it!

SHUT IT DOWN for two days! From the day before the race until you get to your condo/hotel AFTER your Ironman Triathlon, those messages of “HOW AMAZING” you are will still be there! Trust me!

Race Day: Alright, go ahead. Post a photo of ONE “It is Time” photo, but that is it! Give your phone to someone and be done!

3. Let go of self-doubt and find YOUR inner champion!

You have done the training. You have done the hard work. Do NOT compare your Ironman journey with anyone else because this is YOUR journey and YOURS alone!

Start visualizing everything that will happen on the day of your race. I want to hear positive thoughts but also listen to the challenges you may deal with and HOW you will handle them. Prepare mentally.

Race Day: YOU ARE READY. I believe in you! Now, it is time to believe in YOU!

Here was MY Ironman Mont Tremblant (2017) scenario: It was my 12th Ironman Triathlon, and I was prepared, physically, mentally, and within my heart. I talked to my peeps on social media UNTIL Friday evening, and then I shut it completely down because I needed to step away from it all! Why? I didn’t want to hear the talk about the weather at IMMT or whether I would qualify. When I turned my phone on AFTER my race, my phone BLEW UP. I knew in my heart that I prepared, but I could not say a thing because I wasn’t entirely sure, AND I needed to hear Mike Reilly ask me if I wanted to go to Kona! When I did hear those words from Mike Reilly, they were the sweetest words EVER!

Some of my best races have been when I have kept quiet about what race I was doing and what my goals were. I know I am the type of person who shares your goals, but sometimes you just need to SHUT THE FUCK up and do the work. #truthbomb

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AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I have been coaching triathletes, runners, and cyclists for over 21+ years; I received my Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. And as you may have learned, there is more to life than swimming, biking, and running. It is a lifestyle, and I am here to help you cross that finish line with a smile, whether it is an Ironman Triathlon or the Ironman of Life. You can find my knowledge shared in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Southwest Research Institute Human Performance Summit, Training Peaks Workshops, "Self Motivation Strategies for Women" on Amazon, Men's Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach—she's a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 14, 2017.

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