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Lifetime Tempe Triathlon Post-Race Reflection

September 18, 2016

Today was the Lifetime Tempe Tri. I raced in the Olympic-distance, my third race at this distance. Before I even begin reflecting on my performance, here are all of my stats/results:

 

Overall time – 2:41:01

 

Swim split – 30:37 (2:03 min/100m) - PR

Transition 1 – 2:12

Bike split – 1:09:40 (21.6 mph) – PR

Transition 2 – 1:06

Run split – 57:28 (9:25 min/mile)

 

Overall place – 111/480

Gender place – 90/319

Age group place – 4/8

 

Overall, I am happy with my performance. I beat my time in last year’s race by 13 min. However, as is typical of me, I found a negative aspect of my day and obsessed over it for everything I am worth. My run split didn’t end up turing out as well as I had hoped it would. For this reason, I am simply going to allow myself to vent about this before moving on entirely to the positives of my performance. I hope this will allow me to accept that which I cannot change, move past it, make a plan of how I am going to improve it, and then celebrate my accomplishments.

 

The Negatives

I was set up in such a good position to break the 2:30:00 time goal I had set for myself. I came off of the bike right around 1 hour and 33 min, which meant that I would have had to run a 42 min 10K to achieve that goal. It would have been tough, but I was confident that I could at least get close. Well, that didn’t end up happening. I finished with a 57:28 run split… my worst run split in an Olympic-distance race thus far. After the race, I immediately came down hard on myself, not getting past the fact that it was really hot and I simply overheated on the run. I tend to not perform well when it starts getting hot, and so I am sure this was the cause of my poor run split, especially since I have run much faster in previous races. By the time I got home, my mind was spinning at a thousand revolutions a minute trying to comprehend what had just happened. I started looking up my race results, obsessing over them, looking up others’ race results so I could compare, hypothesizing what could have happened if I didn’t overheat and ran a good time… and so on and so forth it went for quite some time. After a failed attempt at taking a nap (my mind was still all over the place), I decided that I had finally had enough of this. I ALWAYS do this to myself, get all worked up about the one thing that didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I did it playing baseball growing up, and I am doing it again. By far the best moment of my day came when I made the decision to stop the vicious cycle of obsession and over-thinking. I got up from my bed and sat down in front of my computer. I allowed myself to look at race results one last time, just for 20 minutes, and then I was done, for good. I won’t look at the race results again.

 

The Positives

Now, let’s talk about the things that did go well for me today. First, I had a great swim, my fastest yet at the Olympic-distance. I swam the 1500 meters in 30:37, not too bad for someone who learned to swim just a little over a year and a half ago, and also considering that I swam a 41:50 split in last year’s race. Second, I had a really good bike split with a 21.6 mph average. This is the first time I have biked at or above 20.0 mph in an Olympic-distance race, which I was pretty happy about. Third, my transitions both went smoothly. I had a quick T1 and an even quicker T2. I felt pretty good coming out of the water as well. Third, I did improve my overall placing in this event compared to last year. In last year’s race, I barely cracked the top 50% overall. This year, I finished in the top 20% with a 111/480 finish. Finally, I had a great time racing with so many friends. A lot of Tri Scottsdale peeps raced today, and it made my day so much better seeing people out on the course and talking to them about the race after crossing the finish line.

 

Summary

To conclude, I am definitely happy with the improvements I am seeing. It shows me that my hard work is paying off and that I am one step closer to achieving much bigger goals that I have set for myself. I will continue to work on accepting the things that I can’t change, like my run split from today’s race, and will work on focusing on the positives instead. I’m definitely glad to have so many friends around me to support me, especially those that are a part of Tri Scottsdale. I continue to learn more and more about myself with each race that I participate in, and that is truly what matters. Next up, Ironman 70.3 Arizona in 4 weeks! Hopefully it won’t be so hot…

 

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