My first ever race I forgot my shoes. After that I instituted the race day check list. I’ve read other blogs about check lists but when you become a senior citizen like myself the list grows longer. My first check list was basically one I found online and modified a little to suit my needs. But over time I have added a few items as a necessity to accommodate my advanced years. Here are a few of those items that have made the list.
1. Put a sticky note on the alarm clock to remind yourself the reason you are getting up early is because it is race day.
2. Apply an extra dose of Polident denture cream. You don’t want to be a DNF because you spent the morning searching the roadside for your dentures.
3. Pack a pillow because you likely will have to take a nap after all the exercise.
4. Be sure to pack your glasses because you want to be able to see if you are putting your race number on right side up.
5. Pack the GPS even if it is a local race, in case you get confused and lost on the way home.
6. Go light on the Metamucil today.
7. Coat entire body with Icy Hot because it is impossible to tell exactly which part hurts the most.
8. Lastly, be sure to pack the Depends. In the unlikely case that you wind up on the podium you don’t want to ruin the excitement of the moment with an embarrassing accident.
Even though it is more work to get ready, age is an excuse not a reason when it comes to exercise.