Okay, okay I’ll admit it: I love a good racecation. Seeing new places while running and cycling is so much fun. In fact, my goal race this year is a racecation! Funny thing is, I did ride some of the course last year to get a feel for how the roads are and how hilly it is.
But I also love racing on my home turf. Here are a few reasons why racing locally is the bee’s knees.
Knowing the course. Since you get to train on the course, you get to know every single bump in the road, hill, turn…everything. This is obviously an advantage over out-of-towners, because let’s be honest, when has an elevation chart ever been 100% accurate on a race website?
You get to sleep in your own bed. A no brainer, unless your bed is uncomfortable.
Food. Runners and triathletes know the golden rule: nothing new on race day. And when it comes to eating, I try to stay away from anything new a couple of days leading up to the race. When racecationing, the temptation can be there to try something new or overindulge in rich foods (ugh, I unfortunately know this from experience). Racing locally, though, you can stick to your routine and make your own food in your own kitchen.
Support. Racing locally means tons of support on the sidelines in the form of friends and family! Having a tough time getting them out to cheer you on? Organize a post-race brunch/lunch get together so everyone can enjoy something.
Racing local sometimes gives you a chance to give back to your community by supporting local charities or small businesses.
Tell me: What is one thing you like about racing locally?
And if you are local to the Northern Virginia/DC area, what’s your favorite local race?