TBBC Race Tips, Carpooling, Etc.
(Courtesy of Big Pete Ven)
If you are interested in carpooling please arrive at TBBC no later than 6:30AM. We will be leaving the gym location at 6:45AM. Although I am sure we will all be following each other, please make sure to bring your own directions (Google Maps or GPS) with you just in case you lose track of the person you are following.
Parking is free. The site does not have a ton of parking unless they allow parking on the grass. The streets are limited with no parking and times zones. I will set up a 10 by 10 tent with the Best of Long Island Boot Camp Banner close to the registration table and starting corals so that everyone can find us. There is also an overview of the Mega Sports Complex on the race site.
Finding TBBC Table:
As soon as you arrive at the site take note of where your car is parked and head directly to the registration table. You should have no problem picking out a 6’7″ bean stalk and or a tent with the TBBC Best of LI banner.
The race site has a link F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions). They recommend that you get to the site minimum 1 hour before the race to register. Hint: Print out the race waiver and sign it at home and bring it. Do not forget picture ID. Registration should be a breeze. There are separate lines for A-C, D-F.
Things to bring:
Sunscreen and water. High temps in the 90’s expected. One water station 1/2 way through the race. Water and fruit at the end. BUG SPRAY, baby wipes in a zip lock in case any mud gets in your eyes. Race clothes are whatever you feel comfortable in. A general rule is no cotton; it gets heavy and stays wet. Extra change of clothes. You can never have too many towels. There are indoor bathrooms inside the sports complex but I don’t know if they will restrict our use of them. I will bring a few first aid kits for simple things like bandages and anti-septic.
Eating before and after race:
Eating and drinking prior to the race, I follow the same routine I do before my 6:00AM boot camp class (or any class for that matter for those of you who do the later classes). Small meal a few hours before. Water and fruit at the end. Drink healthy fluid before and after. Up to the race I bring a granola bar or breakfast bar or GU pack for sugar for when I arrive. (A watered down sports drink is all the same). All the info I read says if you are a morning coffee drinker, have your cup. Just keep in mind the heavy creams or milk and how it may sit in your stomach. Secondly, coffee and tea are diuretics so follow it with water.
Warm up with some jogs. High knees and butt kicks; all the stuff we do at boot camp. This gets your blood flowing through your body and your mind ready. Don’t worry about saving energy. It will not be a factor if you leave 15-20 minutes for rest between your warm up and the start of your race.
During the race, line up. Find at least one buddy and try to stick together. Walk, jog, or run. Take it easy to start. If you have some in the tank when you’re in the final stretch you can step up the speed then. When you approach an obstacle make a decision whether you are going and stick to it. Most every time, even strangers will assist you. What you have to avoid is indecision. If you start a wall in which people are lining up and waiting and someone may be giving you a hand, you have to go for it. This is for the safety of you and the person helping you. Most important, go at your own pace in order to finish and HAVE A BLAST! Many of these mudders are now challenges and not timed races. (As is the famous Tough Mudder). The course is put there to challenge you and is not necessarily a race at all.