Saturday, June 02, 2012

And now for something completely different...

Yes, I've been quiet for a while. And while I am posting today, I can't swear that this is the beginning of a resurgence. Stuff going on, stuff that may or may not make a post. So why post at all? Because in this case I might have something to offer other athletes out there, especially other "driven" athletes. Maybe we can think of this as a sort of public service announcement!

Tomorrow I'm racing the 1/2 at the Rev3 Quassy triathlon. Yes I've been training, though not in a super intense manner. As is typically the case I set out 3 goals, something I do before every race. There's a reach goal, a medium goal which if achieved signifies a very good race, and there's a basic goal which if achieved says you should still feel good about your race. Last year for Ironman CDA those goals were 1) Break 10hrs, 2) PR the distance (10:14), 3) Finish.  I only hit goal 3. I had mixed feelings about the race. Problem is, looking at those goals there was something missing. In fact going over my goals from all my races for years there is always one thing missing: 1) Have fun!

So tomorrow's 3 goals are as follows: 1) Have fun. 2) Have fun. 3) Have fun.  In fact I'm not even going to bring a watch. I've spent too many years "missing" the event going on around me because I tend to obsess on the splits, the HR, the rankings, the results. Those things absolutely have their place for those races where the goal is to light it up; to be the best. But I can't do that every race, and emotionally it just isn't healthy to try. It's simply too taxing. So if being the best is not the goal, dammit better enjoy myself for a change!