Posted: 25/03/2016 at 10:10
Yes Orbs .... that's more like it. Nodster, you obviously don't know your Tolkien. (tut tut)
Kenny .... there are many things to make it all work well on the day, and to lay down your best performance you need them all to line up. You can be perfectly fed, rested, tapered, trained, hydrated, toileted, everything'd ... but there are still some things that you cannot control, like weather conditions, or congestion, or someone tripping you up, so you need a bit of luck for everything to go your way.
I reckon play the percentage game with the things you can control, so stay off the spicy curry for at least a couple of days before, make sure you get good sleep through the week in case you have trouble sleeping the night before, don't spoon share with your partner or kids and risk catching one of their annoying little colds, if there is a chance of rain, tape up those nipples, don't overhydrate on race day but make sure you hydrate well through the week. There's probably a good list of dos and don'ts somewhere on the web ... but its percentages .... if you follow as many of those you'll have a better chance of doing the business.