By Peter Park
You’ve done it! Trained hard for Pier to Peak and, just six days out now, you deserve a break. Time to taper, let your legs recover for the race.
Before I give you the workout for this week, here’s a few lessons I learned the hard way running Pier to Peak about a million times myself:
The first part of the course is relatively flat. You feel really good because you tapered this last week, your adrenaline and competitive juices start pumping, people fly past you, you want to keep up – you can keep up, you will keep up! Bad decision. I’ve seen so many people sprint out of the gate with all the exuberance of a puppy, only to collapse roadside later on like an old, spent dog.
Stick to your race pace
Go through the race in your mind. Through the city, past the mission, onto 192, and then up, up, up. And as you go on this mind trip, picture yourself sticking to your race pace. If you haven’t figured out your race pace yet, you still have time. Be realistic. It’s always best to save something in the tank for the end.
Get hydrated, stay hydrated, or be screwed
The race starts at the beach in the cool hour of the morning, so you don’t need to worry about staying hydrated ’til later in the race, right? Wrong! If you don’t start hydrating by the first or second mile, you’re never going to catch up. Forecast for race down now is pretty damn toasty and, when you get up on Gibraltar, you’re gonna sweat. Get hydrated, stay hydrated or, well, you get the point.
All right, for this week, you’re tapering. Take it easy, drink a lot of water, get a lot of sleep, and good luck this Sunday!
About Peter Park
Peter Park is a former Ironman triathlete, ultramarathon runner, and has been a strength and fitness trainer for twenty-five years. He’s also the co-author of “Foundation: Redefine Your Core, Conquer Back Pain, and Move with Confidence,” and the upcoming, “Rebound: Regain Strength, Move Effortlessly, Live Without Limits.” Peter lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Kelly, and two sons, Hayden and Carter.