But the world did not end and I woke up the next day with a new goal. I was not only going to do this triathlon, but I was gonna kick it’s butt. Then, I would go into the bike shop and tell that rude guy that I did it. And no women or child was harmed by my bike. Ha. In your face mean bike man.
But speaking of goals, I really didn’t have any goals as I trained for my first triathlon. I was kind of aimlessly following a random schedule, not really sure if what I was doing was right or wrong, beneficial or harmful.
I knew I didn’t want to win 1st place—well, that wasn’t even an option— I knew I couldn’t win 1st place. I just wanted to finish and not be last. Hmmm… just finish. That sounded like a good goal to me! I didn’t want to aim too high and turn myself off to triathlons all together, so I aimed low. Now, I’m sure you’ve heard sayings like, “aim for the moon; if you miss, at least you’ll be among the stars”, or “aim high and reach for your dreams”. Blah, blah, blah. I hate sayings like that. I say, who cares how easy your goal may be.
For me, if it’s at least realistic and attainable, especially when I’m trying something new, then I’ll be more willing to work for it and not quit.
It also gives me a lot of room for mistakes, I mean “learning experiences”, without the added pressure of having to reach an outrageous goal. Anyway, all this to say, at least I had a goal. And my goal for my first triathlon was to finish. And to not be last.
This sweet and simple goal guided me all the way to June—race month. I started to get nervous. I had overcome the training part with my “fake it till you make it” strategy, but now it was game time. I had a small advantage because the triathlon bike course went through my town, so I practiced biking that route so I would know where all the hills were. But other then that, I had NO IDEA what to do next.
I heard somewhere that you are supposed to taper down in your training before the race, but I had no idea what that meant. I didn’t know what to bring to the race, I hadn’t practiced my transitions, I wasn’t sure what to eat that morning, and most importantly, I didn’t know what to wear.
Read on about my first triathlon: I’ve been training… now what?
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