Post Race Evaluation

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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 🙂

 

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