Originally posted 16 September 2013
Before every race, it's important to do a mental dry-run of your entire race day. This thought experiment ranges all the way from pre-race prep to course-specific planning to mental notes to cue on throughout the day. A Race Plan is these thoughts immortalized on a piece of paper.
The most important goal for a race plan is to focus your mind on the strategic process of endurance racing. For most age-groupers, the process leads to the proper pace, for you, on race day. This is important because chasing your goal splits or a Kona / Boston qualification time does you no good in the middle of the race. A solid race process leads to a solid race result. That race result is the best you could do on that day.
As an example, here is a sample race plan for my own personal A race in 2013: Ironman Lake Tahoe
Race Plan: Ironman Lake Tahoe 2013