*via EnduranceNation

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail.”

Look at your bookshelf, the magazines in the “office,” the discussions in triathlon internet forums and what do you see? Everything is training, training, training. What, how, how much, how frequently, how much, and…how much training should I do to reach my triathlon goals? Books, spreadsheets, training plans, whizzbang training logs, gadgets and widgets. The volume of training discussion in your life is so loud that you approach every problem with training as the only solution: “I had a bad race (nail), therefore I must fix it with training (hammer)!”

How about putting another tool in your tool kit?

Consider that once the gun goes off, the race doesn’t care about how much training you did or how fit you are. It doesn’t care about how big the engine is in that vehicle you’ve brought to the race. The race is all about how you DRIVE that vehicle for the race distance to the finishline. And, the longer the race distance, the less you can fake the funk with a big engine. You MUST know how to drive!

Miles 18-26 of the Ironman run course are littered with the shattered hopes, dreams and bodies of VERY fit athletes who simply don’t know how to drive their vehicle on race day. But you can bet they’ve geeked about their training, their wheels, or the $500 carbon widget they’ve hung on their bike!

Think you know how to drive? Answer these questions for us:

What is your target swim pace?
Without going out to the garage to look, what is the gearing on your bike? Is it the gearing that came with the bike or did you purposely configure your bike with this gearing?
What is your target heart rate or power for the first 40 miles of the bike? Miles 40-112?
If you’re riding with a powermeter, what is your target wattage for the first 40 miles? On a long hill? Short hill? Headwind? Tailwind?
What is your target heart rate/pace for the first 6 miles of the run? Miles 7-18? 18-26? How did you determine this pace?
How many calories per hour did you take in on the bike? The run? In what form? Why?

If you can’t answer all of these questions, then it’s very likely that a significant component of your poor race performance is your lack of race execution skills. Every Endurance Nation athlete can answer every one of these questions, and as a result, they will tell you that a significant portion of their huge PR’s are the result of just knowing how to race, skills they’ve learned from us and the Team.

Proper race execution is free speed on race day!

So before you start to hammer that nail through another long, dark Off-Season, take a moment to step back and look at your race. Download our Four Keys of Ironman Execution eBook as a starting point.

What pacing, nutrition or the mistakes have you made on race day?

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