Lots of athletes are superstitious. I don't think that I'm superstitious, but I do like to have a routine and a few rituals before my races. These things make me happy, comfortable, pump me up, and help to settle my nerves! With my race on Saturday, you better believe that I will be doing all of these things!
Before every race, I paint my nails. For some reason, I like to be able to look out at my hand during the swim and see my sparkly nails... even if that is the only thing that I can see! I usually pick a color that means something - red to match my bike, purple (Chicago) to match my swim wave's caps, blue to match my trisuit, or maybe Barbie pink like in the picture above because I'm a girly girl!
Pre-Race Dinner: Chicken Parmesan
My favorite food of all time is Chicken Parmesan. I happened to eat it before my first triathlon ever, and I've just stuck with it since. I usually skip the pasta in favor of veggies and try not to eat all that delicious cheese, because too much pasta and cheese makes my stomach upset (I know... carbo loading yada-yada). Here is my recipe for Chicken Parm.
Dreams of Glory
When I was about 11 years old, I went to my first Stanford Swim Camp. Almost every day at camp, we watched "Dreams of Glory," a promotional video made by USA Swimming ahead of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. It features footage of swimmers like Pablo Morales, Jenny Thompson, and Amy Van Dyken all set to Van Halen's powerful song "Right Now." I made my parents buy me a VHS copy of the video and I watched it before every swim meet. Thank goodness for YouTube, because now I watch it before every triathlon. I dare you not to be inspired and pumped up after watching this video!
Do you have any pre-race rituals? What do you eat the night before your race? Favorite pump-up jams? Tell me!