Typical Conversation with Triathlete Friends:
Me: Are you racing the Monte Rio Olympic?
Tri Friend: “I’m participating!”
Participating vs. Racing – why do we make such a clear distinction? It’s a signal to whether we feel we’ve trained enough, what our goals are, and how we think we measure up to the competition. Sometimes a race is just for fun – an excuse to hang out with friends. Other times, you’ve been training hard and want to push it. For years, I’ve been in the “participating” camp. Next week at IMLP, I will be racing.
I’m planning to race against myself. Can I beat the younger, yet rather inexperienced, version of me who participated in the 2008 race? Have I honed in on that competitive spirit a little more? Can I hold that edge, and even push it a little more?
I put forth some goals at the start of this training season and asked you to help keep me accountable. Thanks to a great group of friends (Ironminxes!), I think I’ve done the work on the bike and run.
So, here’s the comparison to watch on race day – Sunday, July 28th
|Sara @IMLP 2008||Sara’s Goals @IMLP 2013|