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“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”
This is the mantra that I have adopted when it comes to dealing with the weather on race day. On the start line you have no control over anything except how you well you skate given the conditions that Mother Nature has betrothed to you on that particular day in history. Those who complain that the conditions are not perfect or somehow let it get inside their head are destined to underperform. This year alone I have witnessed difficult conditions break the will of skaters far better and more experienced than myself.
Understand that coping with race day conditions is part and parcel of racing. Embrace whatever the weather throws up and think how you can use it to your advantage; the power of positive thinking will give you a massive edge if you make the most of it. We can’t do anything about the conditions, so why fret about it? Far better to devote our energies more productively and focus on what we can do to ensure that we race at our best. Look ahead to race day – imagine the very worst conditions that can be thrown your way, and then do whatever you need to do to ensure that you can handle that scenario.
A part of my race day ritual now is that I say: “Whatever the conditions are today… I have planned and prepared to ensure that I can make the best use of them – therefore these are the best conditions for me!”
In my mind, here’s how it works:
Of course, you have to be honest enough with yourself. Make sure you you actually *have* taken the time and effort to put in some wet weather mileage in training; make sure you have storm surges and know exactly what kit you are going to wear; and have a plan to keep your socks and your feet as dry as possible. Make sure that you actually *have* taken some effort to acclimate to the heat.
It comes down to preparation and planning – don’t leave anything to chance. Circling around in the dark on a solo training session on a cold and wet January evening is not much fun, but I’m firmly of the belief that the value of such session is worth MANY times that of an ordinary fair weather session, and just a couple of such sessions at the start of the season will stand you in very good stead. It’s something in the locker you have that only you can draw on during the toughest point of the race and hang on to – that’s an important competitive advantage. Prepare, plan, and embrace whatever race day throws your way. Master the conditions.. don’t let them master you, and you will be able to say: “whatever the conditions are… I *know* these are the best conditions for me!“