So as usual, since my race, I’ve been dwelling on what went right and what went wrong. Obviously, overall, I don’t have many complaints, as I had an awesome finish. But during the race, I could tell where I needed to improve.
Things that went right:
- My swim was competent. No freaking out, no worrying. Definitely a step in the right direction.
- Transitions were super speedy! Not sure what happened there, but I took a lot of time off of my transitions. Of course, given how my transition times “ranked,” I have some room for improvement. Of course, I didn’t put on my bike gloves, which I decided later that I should have done.
- My run was way faster than I anticipated. Of course, that was helped by the fact that while on multisport mode, my watch gives me my pace in km, so I had no concept of how fast I was going. I just did what felt good.
Things that need to be improved:
- My HRM is all screwed up. I replaced the battery, then replaced the entire thing, and it still won’t read on my watch. Going to work with it this weekend. Annoying.
- My bike was frustrating. I just felt like I should be able to do more. Easy enough to work on though. MORE TRAINING! I didn’t pass a single rider on the bike, just got passed myself.
- Mentally, I just need to accept that I’m a slow runner. I will get people passing me like crazy on the run, and that’s just going to happen. I can continue to improve a bit, but I’m never going to be fast. And that’s okay. I just need to keep moving forward and continue to work on my bike and my swim.
You know, when I write it all out, it’s not that bad at all. I think that coming out of the extra long swim frustrated and then getting on the bike where I got passed a number of times just left me feeling let down. I have to remember that I’m not racing against anyone else. I’m racing against myself, and it doesn’t matter how many people I pass or how many people pass me, but rather how I do when compared to myself.