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Fitness Tip of the Day: Pre-Race Sleep Matters

The night before is a gamble—prep earlier for a better race

Start your triathlon or long-distance race two days early—the foundation for a good race starts earlier than you think. Get solid sleep two nights before your race—how well you’ll sleep the night before is always a gamble (tip the scales in your favor by packing earplugs for away races). And don’t forget water. Staying optimally hydrated the days before helps you stay optimally fueled for race day.

—Marty Munson is a New York City-based triathlon coach, editor, and writer whose work has appeared in publications including Triathlete,, Marie Claire, Prevention, Health, and Reader’s Digest. Find more workout tips and strategies at

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