With race season just around the corner the excitement for many triathletes sky rockets as they are prepared to enjoy the many perks of racing (accomplishing a goal, enjoying the fun racing environment, or even showing of some new gear!) . Many feel confident in the training they have done over this year and the training they are continuing to do.
I would like to write about how perfectly my training has been going lately but honestly, lately it has been anything but perfect. I have hit some bumps on the road to say the least and for me, race season feels like it’s coming at a million miles an hour aiming straight for me, causing me to fall – in slow motion, limbs flying all over the place - face first into the dirt.
The truth is I’m scared. I am scared of racing in a new age group, scared of letting people down - or worse letting myself down, and I am scared of going out and doing what I have to because… what if I fail?
The more I think about the competition and what could happen, the more nervous I get. Recently, this fright has lead me to feel lost and unmotivated. In efforts to remind myself of who I am I have taken some odd lengths. For example, I am currently writing this blog post in my dining room table wearing last year’s racing suit because this suit reminds me of a good memory. Also, I am grateful to have friends whom I can work out with, as they give me that extra boost to train and focus on the fun of it.
Many people in this world are going to tell you no. But don’t be the one to tell yourself no. Do the best you can and that is what I plan on doing.
My first race is the Multisport Canada Recharge with Milk series race in Woodstock 2 weeks from tomorrow. I hope to meet many new triathletes and connect with fellow Recharge with Milk Ambassadors. Come and say hi after the race!
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game” ― Babe Ruth
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson