Monday, August 11, 2008
Taper week for my favorite race. If you haven't experienced an Endorfuns race run by Keith Jordan, you won't be disappointed. Lots of attention to detail and a great weekend with a stacked field.
I'm wiped and looking forward to just recharging the battery this week. My training has been going well and I'm anxious to test the waters not having much racing under my belt thus far.
A few points I will remind myself as the race approaches to try keep myself mentally sharp and confident:
* Consistency in my training
* Staying healthy
* Complete trust in the training that has be given to me and sticking with the plan every week
* Avoidance of the pitfalls of mundane, non challenging workouts and put forth 100% efforts even on days when my training wasn't the best.
I always think it's funny when people ask me what I'm expecting come race day.
Top 5? Age group win? Fast bike time?
None of the above. I've trained myself to not pay any attention to who is in my age group whether it be searching the participants list or scoping around in transition. I like to compare myself with a horse. A race one at that. I have my imaginary blinders on. I just look straight ahead and try to get myself to the finish line as fast as I can. I'm not worried about my placing during the run or worry about who has passed me or I'm passing on the bike. I don't get caught up on my swim time on exiting by scanning my watch or my bike time entering T2. I don't look at mile marker splits on the run.
I just race. If I'm not feeling discomfort, then I'm slacking and the last thing I want to think on crossing the finish line is:
I could have or should have, especially if I have control over it.
Posted by Trigirlpink at Monday, August 11, 2008