50 Plus Tri: Preparation-How Much is Too Much?

It’s a fine line between being well prepared and being fixated

By: Ian Stokell, originally published in lavamagazine (lavamagazine.com)

Why is it that the older you get, the longer it takes to get ready for a workout? And god forbid you decide to drive to the start of a long bike ride. You would think you were getting set to climb Everest you have so much gear to sort out.

Breakfast totalling 500 calories? Check. Pre-ride energy drink? Check. Salt tablets? Music? On-ride energy drinks? Post-ride recovery drink? Post-ride food? Tubes? Tools? CO2? Backup CO2? Check, check, check.

There are two catch phrases I use when preparation is involved. One is the tried and tested “just in case.” The acronym, JIC can also be used as a verb by the more anally retentive. For example, “I have to JIC my bike for this weekend’s ride.”

The other one I claim to have inadvertently invented in my over enthusiasm: “Prep-the-prep,” where you make a conscious decision, and even schedule time, to prepare for the preparation.

The trouble is… to read more: 50-Plus Tri: Preparation–How Much is Too Much? : LAVA Magazine

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Ian Stokell holds a MA in Physical Education and has been a sports writer for more than 30 years. When he isn’t working with pro triathlete Lesley Paterson on a new film project, you can find him training hard to keep up with his fellow 50-54′s.Check out his website at http://over50triathlon.com/