I rode my bike twice last week. TWICE. My road bike once and my tri bike once and guess what? I HAD SO MUCH FUN. Especially on my tri bike because I was decked out in my pink and black TriBella race kit riding my pink and black bike with my pink shoes and a huge grin on my face. I attracted a few looks from fellow triathletes also riding in the park…probably because they were mad that their race kit didnt match their bike.
Being back on my bike made me miss racing. ALOT. This lead me to sign up for the SheRox sprint tri in July. I haven’t done a sprint since my first ever triathlon and I am curious to see what I can throw down. Sprints hurt in a much different way than an Ironman. Sprint = high intensity for a short time. Ironman = low intensity for a looooooong time.
When I looked at the results from last year I noticed that I most likely would have placed in my age group. I told Phil that I would be pumped if I placed in my AG next month, but I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself and quickly dismissed the idea.
Phil told me that I need to go into this race with the attitude of winning because as soon as I let that competitive side go, I’ll throw in the towel. While I think he is right in many aspects, I have a hard time being a cut throat competitive athlete.
My plan is to go into this race with the mindset of pushing myself as hard as I can from beginning to end. I’ve never pushed my pace on the swim…I always hold back during the bike…and I always try and keep my heart rate down for the run. Not this time. I’m going at it 100% from beginning to end.
Depending on who shows up to race that day and how well I can keep the intensity up, my finishing time may earn me a trophy. And if not a trophy, a shiny new PR and a new love of the sport.
What do you guys think? If you thought you had a chance to place would you shoot for that? Or just be happy with whatever happens?