I set the goal of finishing my first triathlon for two reasons: 1) to prove to myself that I can do something that I never thought I could do, and 2) to get myself to lose weight and get in shape.
In June 2009, I finished the Ventura Triathlon sprint course in 1hr 38min. You can read more in my race report: Completed the Ventura Triathlon. Not only did I accomplish the two reasons above, but I caught the endurance, multisport athlete bug. There is nothing like training for three sports while pushing my body to its limits. The question became, how far will this go?
Since completing Ventura, I completed three more triathlons; Santa Barbara sprint, Carpinteria sprint, and the 2010 UCSB Triathlon. Four triathlons set in paradise that challenged me in many distinct ways!
While one might think a triathlon is a triathlon and once you have done one, you’ve them all. Well, triathlons are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get (thanks Forest!). Think about the factors that have a direct result on race performance:
- Training Plans (quality of workouts)
- Nutrition (are you fueling correctly?)
- Coaching/Support Network (who do you train with?)
- Race venue (what is the course/weather like?)
- Mental Preparation (are your psychologically ready to endure?)
- Pre race preparation (did you sleep, eat, stretch before the race?)
As you can see, the same triathlon is almost impossible to replicate. This is at the forefront of my mind as I face the 2010 Ventura Triathlon, my first repeat triathlon in my career. Not only is this going to show how much I’ve improved over the past year, but how successfully I executed my training, how good of a support network I have, and whether or not I am mentally tougher that I was a year ago.
While I went into the 2009 event just wanting to prove to myself that I can do it, there is much more at stake for the 2010 event. Sure I can do it, but the real question is, “How well did I spend the previous year preparing for this event and how much have I improved?” We will know on June 27th.