Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Triathlon Perspective Shift

Well, hello there!! Long time no see, at least in these parts of the woods!!

I've been busy building up my new coaching business over at Strong Body Whole Heart and have been doing quite a bit of writing over there, but My Life as a Trimommy has taken a bit of a backseat the past few months, along with my triathlon training.

After my last race of the season at Rev3 Cedar Point, I decided I really just needed a break from the swim, bike, run routine. I didn't realize quite how much of a break it would be, but it's been really good for my head and my body to focus on something different for a little while. Having said that though, I am ready to get back in the swing of things.

My perspective, however, has definitely changed. I've recently been doing a lot of personal work on really digging into why I do things. Last season I was very focused on going under 6 hours in a half-distance triathlon and fell short by a minute or two each time. As I have been thinking about my goals for this season, I really started to wonder why that number was so important to me. I mean, the difference between 5:59:59 and 6:00:01 is only two seconds, right? Why did I care so much about that?

Well, I came to the stark and surprising realization that it was really about feeling validated as a "good" athlete, if you will. I wanted to prove myself to someone - not really sure who that was, most likely just myself. I put so much weight in that number that when I fell short I sort of felt like giving up. I think that is the real reason I needed to take such a big step back from tri training. I forgot my why.

So in thinking about this year, I have decided that I will race for me. My why this year is because I love triathlon, I love racing, I love meeting people on the course, I love supporting Rev3 and my teammates, I love swimming and riding my bike and running, and it's totally okay if I do all of that over 6 hours! LOL! I still haven't fully decided on which races I will be racing. Since I am on the Rev3 Age Group team again this year, you can better believe it will be Rev3 heavy.

The other difference this year will be my training. With all of the work I have been putting into my podcast and business, I am going to have to approach this year with less volume and more intensity and strength. I am going to continue to do crossfit throughout the season, and I will be aiming for 1 long run and 1 long ride per week, with some shorter stuff mixed in. I think it will be interesting to see how I manage everything, but I am really excited to dive back into tri training with a new attitude and a new perspective!

What's on your plate for this season?


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