I did an Olympic Triathlon last month and had a great time. I even did pretty well! One of the reasons I think I did well and had fun was because I had zero expectations for myslef. All I wanted to do was put forth my best effort and not walk! I think because there was no expectation for a specific finish time or placing it really took the pressure off of me and I just enjoyed the day.
My 2011 year of racing was awesome! I did 2 70.3’s (both under 6:00), I qualified for the Boston Marathon with a marathon PR of 3:34, and I completed a trail 50K. I felt invincible after that. I thought I could only keep getting faster. But my body disagreed with me. Specifically my IT band. Then I crashed my bike. Then I barely finished my first Ironman. Then I did a 70.3 in over an hour slower than the year before. It was not a great year for me racing wise.
I got very discouraged and just tried to maintain some level of fitness. Almost all the hard work that I had been doing for the 3-4 years preceding just disappeared. This became very evident when I tried to train for the Boston Marathon and my body couldn’t handle it.
So I took a step back. I have been trying to train around 6 hours a week and hit all three disciplines if possible. And within the disciplines I have been mixing it up quite a bit. I am hoping that this and the fact that I have NO expectations will help me get back to where I was.
I am racing this weekend. I have no expectations except that I will finish strong and have fun.