Into the great unknown
Into the great unknown
As far is I can tell this triathlon business is 90% in the head. I'm really good at some bits, not so good at others, and mostly it's a great ever unknown. This is my experience of managing mind, and body, to be the best triathlete I can be.

Mind over mind

ritatrisby ritatrisMar 19th 2013
Well, it seems IĀ'm having a major motivational slump. This is not so ideal less than four weeks before the half ironman in Fuerteventura.

I havenĀ't been sleeping particularly well for a few weeks, and so IĀ'm feeling pretty tired. This is obviously affecting my training, so IĀ'm feeling pretty fed up. Tired and fed up largely covers it this week.

In objective terms, training has been of varying quality so not all bad, including an unusual proportion of good swims. Had a 10k race on Sunday, preceded by a 30 mile cycle to get there, a night of not enough sleep and a day of not enough eating. It was tough, tough, tough and the legs are pretty sore, but there were plenty of positives. I still managed a sub 50 (my respectability threshold), only 1:40 down on last yearĀ's fresh time including a minute or so of stoppage to stretch so IĀ'm pretty pleased with the time. I was also very low on energy for the ride and the run, so mentally it was very difficult, but this is in a way great because I know I can keep going if I get to such a low point in the half ironman. It was a reminder of what not to do before a race, and running with boyfriend and brother made it a really nice family day out.

So IĀ'm knackered, and am therefore going to take it easy this week. IĀ've cut a few sessions out from the usual volume, and am trying to relax about this and not panic that itĀ's only 3.5 weeks to go. Rationally I know that feeling energised and mentally ready for it is going to be far more important than whether I make spin class this week. ItĀ's not so much a case of mind over matter, as mind over mind Ā- the rational over the panic, the objective over the critic. ItĀ's going to be fine right?!
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Mar 22nd 2013 12:03
It is going to be fine! I've so been there. You're right, you might well face tough points in the half IM and you can deal with it and get though it. It's easy to say try to relax (It doesn't seem to be that easy), but be reassured that you have done most of the hard work now so just look after yourself and get to that start line as fresh as you can. Always most important...enjoy it, it's more than most people would ever attempt so congratulations just on that.
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