I signed up for 2 more triathlons. I’m doing Folsom International next weekend and then my “A” race sprint distance Tri on Sept 21. I’m pretty sure I can nail a PR in both races given how much stronger and faster I am now.
Of course this leaves me worried about failure. What if I don’t PR? What if I DNF??? What if I think I’m racing really hard and I hardly cut my time at all? WHAT IF I DON’T MAKE MY GOALS!!?????
Then I remember – so what? It’s all optional and it’s supposed to be fun. Worst case is what?? A flat? Leg cramps? Nausea? I walk the run? Things happen, right? It’s okay.
I had a leg cramp last year and I survived. In fact I finished the race and last year my time was an Oly PR – 3:33. If all goes right this year I’ll smash that time and feel really great. And if it doesn’t I’m sure I can come up with some soothing rationalization that will make me feel okay until I get to the next race.
Maybe the best thing about triathlon is the way it makes us re-evaluate our priorities and helps keep us in touch with our humility. Or maybe it’s the stunning bike p0rn we’re subjected to in transition. Or maybe it’s having a great excuse to play on a bike or go for a run or go swimming when what we really need to do is mow the lawn. What’s your favorite thing about triathlon?