Training Keeps Honda’s Eli Tomac Focused for Race Day

Training Keeps Honda’s Eli Tomac Focused for Race Day
GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac
Training Keeps Honda’s Eli Tomac Focused for Race Day
GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac

Monster Energy Supercross fans usually only see the results by their favorite racers like GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, but what they don’t see is the work put in during the week leading up to an event, like this weekend’s race at Ford Field. Tomac is one of the more physically fit athletes in Supercross, and he maintains a strenuous routine in between races.

“Most people just see us signing autographs and going to the racetrack,” Tomac said. “I’m on the bike three days a week – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday — and I’m cross-training all the time between that, depending on how I feel and how much I do. Our only real day off is Sunday.”

And Sundays are spent traveling home from the event, so there are no true days off, but that’s the way it works for the top 450cc riders in the world like Tomac. He has his own track built in his home state of Colorado – “I’m very lucky to have it,” Tomac said – on which he races three days a week. The track is built to simulate Supercross and motocross layouts to better-prepare him for races.

“I’m on the motorcycle probably only an hour a day during Supercross,” Tomac said. “We do more during motocross, as far as actual bike time.”

But he does much more than that. In between riding sessions, Tomac is a workout fanatic, getting in the best physical condition he can to tackle Supercross and motocross racers and tracks.

“I like to mix it up between running and being on the bicycle and gym work, too,” Tomac said. “I definitely do all three during the week.”

Varying workouts is best for him, keeping his body and mind sharp for race weekends. His trainer is none other than his father John, a champion mountain bike racer. “Myself and my dad pretty much do it all,” Tomac said.

Live coverage of the event starts at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. For a preview, visit 2015 Detroit Supercross.