Two days post-tri, I've had a chance to reflect a little bit on the experience of training for and finishing my first triathlon. It's pretty crazy to think that a couple of years ago I couldn't have finished ANY of the three legs of the tri! I'm really thankful that Lauren mentioned triathlons to me last summer and assured me that I could definitely do one. I'm so glad you put that little bug in my brain, Lauren! One huge thing I'm realizing is how much easier on my body training for and racing the sprint tri was than my half-marathons. I'm one of those runners who is ALWAYS injured, and while training for the tri drained my energy big time, I was almost never sore or hurting from any part of the training (minus my sore neck that was from a poorly adjusted bike seat!). What a welcome relief from my constant running injuries! Also, even immediately after the race (and the next day!), my body felt great. How awesome is that?!? Maybe triathlon is where it's at for me! (Although I'm just going to stick with the sprint distance for now!)
Maybe it's time I stop selling myself short.
After finishing three races in a row that I am genuinely proud of, I'm realizing that while I will NEVER be fast, I have accomplished so much. In the past year and a half, I have conquered some huge goals. Finishing a half-marathon and crushing my time when I finished #2. Setting a 5K PR. Running 12 races in 12 months. And most recently, finishing a triathlon. Nothing about these accomplishments is "not a big deal." They are a big deal, and they are huge achievements for me. I'm proud of them, and you can bet that next time I train for a race, I'm going to stop selling myself short. Here's the thing--it's okay to be afraid of your goals and dreams. It's okay to be nervous about races. But I'm deciding right now that it's no longer okay for me to hide my fear behind a mask of jokes and self-doubt. From now on, I'm going to be confident in my ability.
|Breaking out the marshmallow clap during senior bar crawl in college..|
- I made it through the swim and did not get kicked in the face or need to hang onto the buoys to rest. (Marshmallow clap!)
- I got out of transition areas in less than 5 minutes. (Marshmallow clap!)
- I biked the entire distance without once feeling tired. (Marshmallow clap!)
- I finished the run strong with a sprint to the finish. (Marshmallow clap!)
- I truly enjoyed the entire race and celebrated every mile. (Marshmallow clap!)
And those things, my friends, are no small potatoes. Or small marshmallows.
Of course, there is always room for growth, and as I've said before, one of my favorite things about running (and I guess triathlons!) is that there is always another goal to be set. On August 26th I will be doing the Danskin Sprint Tri in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. At this race, I really want to improve my swim and transitions. I did okay during the swim at SheRox, but I totally was freaking out during the swim start. My goal for Danskin is to STAY CALM in the water and just KEEP BREATHING. In the transitions, I'd like to get out of T-1 in under 4 minutes and T-2 in under 3 minutes. I better work on getting those shoes on and off quickly! I already can't wait for tri #2--just wish it wasn't so far away! Until then, I guess I should start thinking about Fitness Goal #3 for 2012: Sub-30 5K...
Here's to celebrating achievements, not selling yourself short, and chasing goal after goal!