August 22, 2009

Looking Ahead While In the Moment

I have my last solo triathlon of the season in a week. I've got such mixed emotions about the whole thing. I'm scared because I know what I'm getting into on the bike. I'm excited because I enjoy triathlon so much. I'm sad because this is my last one of the year. I'm already setting goals for myself for next year. I'm trying to decide if I want to do the NYC Triathlon or the Lake George Triathlon for my first Olympic distance. Maybe I'll do both. Maybe next year I'll do all the triathlons I can find (and afford.) Why not? What's to stop me?

The thing I think I love the most about triathlon is that there are different challenges each time, there are different goals, and there are difference circumstances. There is always something new to learn and I just can't take enough in.

Triathlon is something that distracts me from me. Sure when my tri-suit is a little snug I'm reminded of the fact that I'm ten pounds heavier than last year. But at the same time, I'm probably a fitter ten pounds heavier. I'm running longer distances, feeling better on the bike, and I've found a swimming technique that makes my freestyle strokes less strenuous. Each race I'm pinpointing where I can improve and I do it. I just can't wait to apply what I learned this year to what I'm going to do next year.

1 comment:

The Common Daisy said...

I watched the Chicago Triathlon today and all I can say is I have the utmost respect for all triathloners. Watching everyone compete was inspirational. You are amazing and should be so proud of your accomplishments.