Take the pressure off your shoulders by setting realistic expectations...
At this time of year I notice a strange behavioural quirk in triathletes, even the experienced ones. They start to get really nervous before their first race of the season.
It starts with the best of intentions. A low key early-season race to get into the swing of things with no pressure. But then something weird happens to our brains and we secretly pin all our self-worth and dreams on that one event. The local sprint-duathlon suddenly takes on the importance of the Olympics. Why? Because it’s the first time we’ve raced for ages (or ever) and we feel our performance on that day will a) define our ability and b) define the entire season
It’s not true of course. Early season races are not usually a good time to peak - rather they are part of the process. It takes several races or race simulations before you start getting the hang of things. Your aim each season is not to peak at your first race but to reach a higher peak than the previous season’s peak. Besides, the weather in late winter/early spring is usually crap for racing.
How To Ease The Pressure
1. Set realistic race goals based on actual data. Review that data afterwards.
2. Prioritise your races as either A, B or C depending on their importance.
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By Phil Mosley. Triathlon Plus Coaching Editor, Ironman Certified Coach
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