So I've got the first crit of the year tomorrow. First race in 2 years for me. Its just a training crit under ACA, but I figure its a good way to get into the flow before the major college crits start rollin' in.
This week I started with high intensity and a lighter diet. I'm a pretty firm believer in the idea that you store carbs better when you are filling up as opposed to toping off. So when I taper my training the week before a race I start with high-intensity and less carbs and work down to a very low intensity with lots of carbs just before the race. So I've followed that plan this week.
Specifically, what do you do the day/night before/morning of a race?
Today I went on a really light ride, at a moderate lunch with some rice and chicken. I've been sipping on gatorade/water throughout the day. For dinner (which was early) I had a huge plate of pasta and a bowl of mashed potatos, along with a piece of cake and more clear liquids. I've been resting all day. Took a short nap earlier, but I want to be able to get a nice long night of sleep tonight before the race tomorrow (at 11am).
Mentally tonight I've been thinking about racing and kinda pumping myself up a bit. Listening to more stuff along the lines of Rammstein, Tool, etc, etc than my typical mix of hard and soft rock. My roommate (who is also racing) and I talked a bit of strategy and what-if kinda stuff. Nothing too serious, its just a training race. I honestly don't have too high of hopes. I've never raced in this area or this organization or age-group (I was a Junior USCF before, but did do some 18+ races), this is ACA cat 4. My goal is basically not to get my ass handed to me. If i don't get dropped and finish with the pack I'll be happy as long as I did my best. If I am feeling really strong relative to the competition I can see myself switching my goal during the race to top 10, top 5, etc.
Btw, Reise Reise is a great album....
What do YOU do???