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In 4 days…

September 11, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

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In 4 days I will be racing my first Olympic distance triathlon at Lakeside

In 4 days (and a few hours) my 2013 triathlon season will be finished…

In 4 days, I expect to be pretty damn tired!

I’m having really conflicting thoughts about the upcoming race.  I’m really excited to tackle my first Olympic distance – it’s going to be really amazing to say I completed 1.5km/40km/10km all in a single race.  I’ve made great progress this year.  I know I’ve dropped a bit of weight, and certainly added strength and speed.  I feel faster, and fitter, and healthier than I have since I was a teenager – it’s amazing.  And I’ve shown myself how much I love this sport – I really do.  I knew starting this year, signing up for so many races that I’d either love the sport, or leave it.  I can’t wait to tackle 2014!

At the same time, I’m really burnt out.  After doing a single race in 2011 and 2012, 10 was a bit much to take on in 2013.  And as much as I know I’ve improved, I haven’t improved as much as I had hoped I would.  I’m not sure how much was the length of the season (the physical grind, and the mental grind), or the recent move taking up a lot of time lately, or unreasonable expectations, or just old lazy bad habits sinking back in, but my training has really slowed down in the last month.  I can’t wait for this race to be over and to take a few weeks off from training (not just “not training” – I miss training sessions all the time – but honestly, planned, guilt-free time off).

This is not going to be the Big Finish, Personal Best, ‘A’ Race I thought it would be at the start of the season.  This is going to be an ugly fight of a race.  But I’m still going to race it, and enjoy it, and be crazy proud when it’s done!

I have no question I can do this, but I’m still a bit nervous tackling a new distance for the first time.

More than anything else, my goal is to finish and to enjoy the race and the experience.  As a secondary goal, I want to have a strong run.  I’m deliberately not quantifying this – I’m not particularly concerned about the pace.  I want to feel at the end of the race like I pushed through the physical and mental barriers (particularly the mental barriers) from the swim and bike, and ran a strong 10km.  I want to say I raced the best damn race I could for the fitness level I have – and remember the hard work I have put in this year to get me here.

In 4 days I will have raced an Olympic Distance Triathlon…

In 4 days I will have a PB time…

In 4 days I expect to pretty damn excited!

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  1. sweatingforit
    September 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Good luck! I’m looking forward to reading your race report!

    • September 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks. Look for it on Monday (or maybe Tuesday if I end up spending Monday in bed)

  2. September 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Oh my gosh! GOOD LUCK! I am SO excited to hear how it went! I wish I hadn’t wrecked and could do my last triathlon of the season this weekend, dammit. . . instead, I’ll send you powerful running thoughts. How’s that sound!? KICK BUTT and HAVE FUN!!!!

    • September 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      really sucks that you wrecked. But thanks for the cheering thoughts! Every bit counts!! 🙂

      • September 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        It does, but it is what it is. Have a great time!

  3. September 11, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    So excited for you, mine is still a month away and I have stuck to my training plan and I am already feeling all the emotions you are going through. You are going to do awesome, you have achieved so much this season. Race hard my blog friend, race hard.

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