On Sunday, July 14, I participated in the Don’t Tread on my Triathlon sprint race. 500m swim, 12 mile bike, 5k run.
I read lots of race reports but I often finish with “so what lesson can I take away from this that will help me?” Isn’t that the whole reason behind race reports? My hope is that mine (shared over several blog posts) will help you in some way.
Time to wake up. Alarm goes off at 4:45am. My immediate thought is “that IS TOO damn early” followed by “what the hell was I thinking?” Please tell me I’m not the only one!😝
As I was pouring my coffee, lots of thoughts went through my head. Mostly negative ones: “You’re not ready to race … you’ve missed several workouts in the past month … you aren’t as well trained as you have been in the past … you’re not worthy to race … what if you make a mistake? … what if you embarrass yourself?”
The negatives thoughts just kept coming. But then I had a moment where I started speaking positive declarations over myself. “I am strong … I am capable … I am worthy to race today … I have trained my best considering my circumstances … I will have fun … I won’t embarrass myself.” I repeated those over and over. I even said them again on the race course.
We can’t control the thoughts that come, but we can control whether or not they stay.
We can choose to believe them or ignore them. Sometimes I’ve even said out loud, “I don’t receive that!” So the next time lies and negative thoughts flood your mind, declare truths over yourself! So much of race day is mental. If you believe you can do it, you will!
Something I always tell my athletes is to arrive to race day early. Early arrival means you have ample time to set up your transition area, use the restrooms (there are always lines) and show up to the swim start with time to spare. Being rushed produces anxiety and it’s hard to have fun and think clearly when you’re anxious. I listened to my own advice hence the early alarm. Even an extra 10 or 15 minutes makes all the difference!
After my transition area was set up, got body marked and used the restroom, I headed over to the swim start. Warm up consisted of arm swings, and dynamic run drills to get the heart rate up. If you’ve ever felt like you’re going from 0 to 100 once the race starts, try warming up next time. Dynamic run drills (fast knees, skipping, etc) are great for run form and warming up the body and easy to do while you’re waiting in line to start. I also like doing jumping jacks – also perfect for getting the heart rate up and easy without losing your place in line.
Can you relate to any of this? Share your tips in the comments! Sharing is caring!
Up next is the swim, bike, run and transition race report.