T-Minus Four Days: Prep for Race Day Success with Neal Henderson

Your training is done. It’s only a few days to your big event. This is when many athletes unravel months of training with a few bad choices. Top coach Neal Henderson discusses with us how to avoid the pitfalls and get the most out of those final days.

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Hello and welcome to Fast Talk, your source for the science of endurance performance! I’m your host Rob Pickels here with my Co-host, the Curious Canadian Coach Trevor Connor.

Many of us spend months training hard and planning perfectly for our big event. Everything goes well and we reach the big week with the best legs we’ve ever had. And then, in those final few days, it all comes apart. 

This is a common story. Everyone on this week’s episode had no problems sharing stories of an event they cared about being ruined in the days leading up to it. Event preparation is a very important step in maximizing our potential and in many ways it’s a skill that we need to develop and train.  

Our guest this week is Neal Henderson, the Head of Sports Science at Wahoo and an elite coach who’s worked with World Champions and every day athletes. He knows all too well what’s involved in getting an athlete ready for race day – particularly when they have to deal with travel and the stress of what could be the most important event of their careers. Neal shares with us his wisdoms on planning those final days, How to establish a routine, what sort of training to do, nutrition, warm-ups, and how to deal with travel. 

Along with Neal Henderson, we have a host of top experts share their thoughts on event preparation, including World Tour Pro with Trek-Segafredo, Toms Skujins, physiologist and head of performance for UAE Team Emirates, Dr. Inigo San Millan, author of The Athlete’s Gut, Dr. Patrick Wilson, CTS Premier coach Renee Eastman, and top cyclocross rider and coach Rebecca Gross.  

So, fill up your water bottle, put your legs up – – and let’s make you fast! 

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