Before a big race, there are three things that I absolutely must do:
- Lay out all my gear in an organized manner.
- Eat a satisfying, carb-rich meal.
- Get a good night’s sleep!
For a 60-mile bike race, I packed:
- Shoes and Socks
- Garmin 305
- Tire Repair Kit
- Air Pump
- Bondi Band
- Bike shorts and a jersey
- Fuel for the ride and double water bottles
- A change of clothes for the ride home
Of course, and my bike!
I did buy a very cool new bike gadget today! I went into the shop and found this great mini “purse” that attaches to the stem and crossbar with Velcro. It’s perfect for a camera and a granola bar!
I also have a small pack under the seat and my jersey has compartments in the back.
After putting together all of our gear, my Dad, the Husband, and I went to my favorite restaurant… Royal Thai! It looks a tad creepy and rundown, but the food is amazing. Fit for a king, as they say!
We split spring rolls… I had two whole rolls.
And tofu Pad Thai with an extra egg for some protein.
And although I begged and pleaded for my Dad NOT to ask the waiters to sing me Happy Birthday, they did anyway. I am SO embarrassed by Happy Birthday in public places. Do some people actually enjoy it?!
My birthday isn’t even for another 9 days! :) But I thoroughly enjoyed the gesture and a few bites of coconut ice cream.
And when we got home, my Dad surprised me with a fresh baked cake with vanilla frosting and real coconut mixed in. My Dad has made me a homemade cake for almost every birthday I’ve had!
And now… the final piece of my pre-race ritual. It’s time to get to bed! I have a very early wake up call again. 🙂
If you’re a racer, what are your pre-race rituals?