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Webinar: Based on Athlete Input: Overcoming External Factors on Race Day


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Topic: Based on Athlete Input: Overcoming External Factors on Race Day

Triathletes spend countless dollars and hours preparing to race, yet on race day may find themselves unprepared if due emphasis and time have not been given to mental skills training needed for a successful race.  We surveyed Team USA Athletes, asking what the greatest external factors played into their race days, and found that these elite athletes most often find themselves nervous about external factors (water conditions, heat, wind, rain), the competition itself, or managing their arousal and intensity levels during the race. Unfortunately, without careful forethought and mental skills specific training, these factors could very likely lead to a subpar performance.

If you want to achieve your best race, your training must look like your racing. Learn to tailor your mental training to your specific struggles and the  pertinent details of your target race in order to excel on race day,  achieve your goals, and be better prepared than your competitors to handle ALL that race day can throw at you. 

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Dara Wittenberg

Dara Wittenberg, M.S. Multi-Sport Coach has been a multi-sport coach for 12 years and during that time has trained hundreds of athletes for whom endurance training and racing must fit into very busy lives. Her clientele includes lawyers, doctors, full time mothers, office workers, school teachers, nurses, and entrepreneurs – and every one of them has a jam packed schedule. Her goal is to help each individual strike a balance between training to their maximum potential and balancing the various other aspects of their lives, as well as to provide all the information they need to perform at their best and stay healthy and injury free. Over the years, Dara’s clients have done everything from complete their first sprint triathlon to winning age group awards in Ironman triathlons and shorter distances, road races (cycling and running), and competing in the Triathlon World Championships in Kona.

Dara is an adjunct instructor in the Exercise Science Department at Florida Atlantic University, teaches for USA Triathlon at their certifying clinics for new coaches, and presents locally to triathlon, cycling and running clubs.

Dara continues to look for opportunities to learn more about her various fields of interest and expertise so that she can share this knowledge with her clients and train them to be the best they can be and have fun while doing it. She is truly passionate about coaching and living a healthy and athletic lifestyle.

M.S. in Exercise Physiology,
CISSN- Certified Sports Nutritionist,
USA Triathlon Level II certified coach,
USA Cycling Expert Level Coach,
USATF Level I,
RRCA certified Endurance Running coach,
USA Swim Coach,
Adjunct Instructor at Florida Atlantic University



Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $14.99 for USAT Members, Coaches, Team USA Members and Race Directors; $39.99 for Non-Members
Event Date: May 29, 2014
Start Time: 3:00 PM MST

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