4 races, 3 podium finishes, 1 win. My first season in triathlon has been a dream. I never expected to podium, much less bag a win in the Olympic distance. The outcome goals have far exceeded my own expectations, and the performance goals have largely been met. Considering the fact that I could barely run due to a bout of hip bursitis less than 5 months ago, this is truly a personal accomplishment. Over the past 4 months of training and conditioning, I have felt myself getting faster, stronger, and leaner. I am beginning to know my body better, and learning to treat it better. I realize change and improvements come not at the beginning of the racing season, but at the end of one. I have resolved to truly treat my body like a temple, fueling it wih real, natural food, and strengthening it with training and conditioning. Seemingly unhelpful exercises like stretching and weights have proven their worth, and I feel ready to add the mental dimension to training through yoga, breathing exercises, mental training and visualization. Perhaps it is the little changes that will truly make a difference. Continually seeking out advice from experienced athletes and coaches, gaining knowledge through books and articles and gaining as much race experience as possible.
There is eager anticipation for my next race – a half marathon – as well as the tri factor in October. Although I would probably only have done 2 Olympic Distance triathlons by then, I am already contemplating the half ironman distance next year. The lingering worry of not being able to train sufficiently when school starts plagues me, but somehow I think I will be able to do it, just as I have in JC.
I am still unable to pinpoint the driving force behind my training. Perhaps it is my inherent competitive instinct and hunger to succeed, but I know that triathlon is a sport that I truly enjoy and love. I think I have found my passion, and as the saying goes: “In life, there are many things that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those.”