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First time Ironman athlete Julie posted a comment on our blog asking how to prepare mentally for the Ironman race during the taper. She writes “now that you have all your hard-earned endurance training done, how does one align the mental preparation with that to feel ‘ready to go’ day of.”

This question is quite common and we felt that it would benefit many first time Ironman athletes if we were to write a bit about this.

When athletes ask me what is the proper way to taper for a race, I usually relay to them one of my favorite quotes: “What you do can’t help you, what you don’t do can hurt you”. Uhm, what did you say? What I mean by that quote is…