Stress Is A Bit Of A Pain
Pre-race anxiety can make you overly sensitive
Avoiding pre-race anxiety
HERE’S ANOTHER REASON to try to have a stress-free week in the run-up to your next race: being stressed out can turn you into a wimp. In a recent study1, 16 competitive triathletes were subjected to a paintolerance test following a tough arithmetic task. Despite usually having pain-tolerance thresholds well above their sedentary peers, the stressed-out subjects exhibited a sensitivity to pain roughly equivalent to that of inactive people. Researchers said the results were likely to hold true for other endurance athletes, such as runners. Reduce pre-race stress levels by limiting challenging tasks – DIY, work presentations etc – in the days leading up to the event and by rehearsing your pre-race routine.
THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS Don’t let pre- race stress ruin your big day