As athletes, we are always critical of our performances. Post race evaluation seems to become second nature to us, but how many of us concentrate on the negatives? I could have done better. I could have pushed harder. If only I had done this/that differently.
I raced at the weekend, my first triathlon for nearly 4 years and my first race since my return from a long road recovering from injury. As always, I evaluated my performance, but tried to concentrate on the positives. This was my conclusion from my performance analysis:
I finished the race – injury free. It was a massive achievement for me. Thinking back, this was my first race that I have not had tight calves at the end of the run. Testament that my training has been good and the adaptations have worked.
I have renewed confidence. I now know that my body can go through the rigors of a triathlon again. This is my first step to my main goal of completing Outlaw Holkham Half in Jul. If I keep my training going at the pace/level that it is currently going at, I will achieve my main goal.
I have faith in my training. Triathlon training is a continually adjusting process. Progression and if required regression is paramount to achieve goals. The training that I have prescribed myself seems to be working, so I am happy.
Negatives. None. There’s no point in what could’ve beens. I know that with continued training, my fitness and therefore my triathlon ability will improve.
Post race evaluation can be a very cruel process, especially if we concentrate on the negative components. Concentrating on trying to see where all the improvements can be made can cause a negative mindset and the potential for over working, over training, and potentially injuries and decrease in fitness. However you do in a race or event, concentrate on the positives, learn from them and you can achieve the unthinkable 🙂