Taking cues from these Olympic successes and blunders can help you achieve your peak on race day.
When Sarah Groff and the lead pack of nine women crossed the 2-mile mark during the run, Australian Erin Densham went to the front and upped the pace. Groff knew she couldn’t hold it, so she dropped off slightly. Three miles later, the American turned herself inside out to get back into the leading group of four to fight for a medal. She just missed her goal, but Groff beat several athletes more accomplished than her by executing her plan to perfection.
Takeaway: Holding a steady pace early in a race is easy; accelerating over the final miles is the hard part. Follow your plan during the first half of a race, and then spike your effort to hold that pace to the finish line.