You’ve made it to the big day and are standing on the start line of your ultra. While it’s only natural to feel apprehensive at the start of any ultra how you cope with this and ultimately how you feel about the day ahead will come from your preparation, you can’t fake it. When you’ve done all you can you know it and when you haven’t, you also know it! It’s very rare to have perfect race preparation so doing all you can around any setbacks is the next best thing you can do.
The doubts you have on a start line only get louder once fatigue sets in and if you’re finding it more difficult than you anticipated. You need to be able to pull on something positive to keep you going. It’s difficult to quit when you have been so invested in your training, it’s easy to quit when you’ve cut corners as your mind will tell you it was inevitable.
Preparation aside, only what you do on event day determines the result - it’s time to shine! This is great news when things haven’t gone exactly to plan in the build up, you can still make it happen. However, if you are new to this distance you can avoid making it harder by doing what is in your control to improve your chances of a finish: