It’s one of the best things about athletics — and triathlon specifically. The rush of adrenaline at the beginning of the race; heart beating and mind racing. The extra surge of power your body produces to get you up that hill. The extra surge in muscle strength and production of energy from the production of adrenaline often leads to improved performance (scientifically proven!).
Everyone has their own way of getting pumped up before a race — but there are a few general things that help me get my “blood pumping” before and during a race.
[[Get your blood pumping: Adrenaline in Tris]]
Pump-Up playlist – I like a mix of Drake, Tyga, country music, and other random inspirational songs. Find the genre/mix that works for you and stick to it!
Some of my favorite workout songs recently:
- Furthest Thing – Drake
- Enjoy the Ride – Krewella
- Rock N Roll – Avril Lavigne
- Youth (Adventure Club Remix) – Foxes
- Stay the Night (feat. Hayley Williams) – Zedd
Mental Clarity/Focus – Controlled Thoughts and focus can help to channel your adrenaline and extra energy in a productive manner. Think of things that motivate you or that anger you (or a bit of both) to push yourself up that difficult hill or stretch during the race. If it helps, you may want to take some time pre-race to think of what types of thoughts will keep you focused and motivated during the race. So much of the race is mental — and it’s important to make the mental part of your race useful in channeling your extra adrenaline and strength on the course.
Extra Push – The ability to push that extra l i t t l e bit is so important – especially at the end of your race. Dig deep, channel all of your inner strength, and get your blood pumping to have a great finish.
How do you feel adrenaline affects your race?