This weekend I was reminded why I love training and racing.
I've followed many people racing Honu, Mooseman, Kansas and Rev3! Some had great races, some had fast races, some had good luck, others had loads of bad luck, and others did not make it to the starting line. Everyone had a story, some of which I am yet to read. Everyone fought so hard, whether a beginner or a seasoned triathlete. It was very emotional and amazing.
So what's the lesson?
In training and racing there are no guarantees. As an athlete you cannot focus only on PRing/winning an AG, or having a good race. If you do so, you are bound to be disappointed because no matter what, if you race long enough, chances are you are going to have bad races in spite of spotless training. So you need to be prepared for that, and ready to embrace it when it comes your way. And you need another reason to race and to train. You need to love training and racing for what they are, not what they may bring to you. Because you really are the same person/athlete, whether you win your AG or get a flat tire/cramp/injury/bad day and you don't. You need to be able to enjoy the failures along with the wins. You need to embrace the "chance" element that comes with racing. And life, because life and training/racing are so very similar. This is hard, very hard!!! Of course it is!
In spite of my desire to be glued to the computer and see how everyone's race was going, I managed a 30 mile faster (for me) ride, 2 swims (1.5 and 1 mile) and a 14 mile slow run (still not 100% after my fall). And yesterday the three of us went to Harvard Square where I had tears in my eyes watching my little street musician "play" with the street musician I used to listen to 10-12 years ago when I lived in the square....Some things don't change! And my little guy just enjoys "playing" his banjo, whether you clap when he is done, or you just walk by...
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