The most important pre-race item on Hobie Call's list? "It's the 'Today, I'm Superman' attitude," he says, noting that proper mental preparation helps him more than any piece of gear.
"The most important thing is to go into the race with a clear mind," Schlachter says. "Each race is different and each venue is unique. Be prepared for whatever comes your way, be it mud, water, fire, electricity, or a gladiator."
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