(I have been wanting to write this blog for quite some time. Until recently, I didn’t realize how much it has pertained to my life.)
Physically… athletes have different seasons, good and bad seasons. Athletes race well, qualified for Ironman-Hawaii or placed on the USA Triathlon Triathlon team or they didn’t race well at all, got injured, or over trained.
Mentally… athletes also have different seasons.
- Beginner athlete, who has done a few triathlons.
- This typically last 2-3 years or seasons.
- They sign up for their 1st race and they are so so happy.
- They may train, they may over train or they may not train at all.
- They cross that finish line and they are the happiest they have ever been.
- All they did was smile on the course, say Hi to the volunteers, slapped the kids hands, who are cheering on their parents, rode a mountain bike, took the time to sit down and wipe their feet off from the water to put on their socks in T1.
- They told the world, Facebook, Twitter, the person in the grocery store, the person in line at the grocery store, etc. .
- They get home, GORGE food and took a 3 hour nap.
- A great season to be in…you are in a Happy Place in your Triathlon World.
- Intermediate athlete, who has done 5-10 triathlons.
- This typically last 3-5 years or seasons.
- These athletes would like to improve their times with the same races that they did in the Beginner Season.
- They actually train. Who knows….maybe they will get a coach.
- They smiled in the beginning but started getting serious, say Hi to a couple of volunteers, keep looking at their watch, they get a new bike, they don’t wipe their feet down in T1.
- They told the world still that they did the race but they justified why it wasn’t as good as last years or why it was better than last year. There is a reason why they did or didn’t do well.
- Not a bad season to be in…but it is a season that you may have to be mindful of.
- Advanced athlete, who has done 11-20 triathlons
- This season typically last 6+ years.
- These athletes would like to improve their times from before but plan on passing everyone else and would like to kick everyone butt.
- They want to place either 1st in their age group or 1st overall.
- They need to get hardware.
- They train…they may even over train. Coach is there but these athletes really don’t listen since they know better.
- They don’t smile, don’t say Hi, they cross the finish line because they are pissed off because they didn’t do as well as they wanted too.
- They still told the world that they race but it wasn’t good enough. It never is.
- Not a good season to be in at all…this is NOT a healthy season. You need to re-evaluate your goals, take a break or find a different sport.
Re-Born Athlete Season:
- Re-Born athlete, who has done 21 + triathlons.
- Took a sabbatical.
- Remember the reasons WHY they do this sports.
- A smile was on their face from beginning to the end.
- Said Hi to everyone and thanked everyone for their time.
- They weren’t mad or angry at their race or towards anyone.
- They still tell everyone that they did a race.
- They crossed the finish line with an extra skip in their step.
- They cry because it feels good to be happy again.
- They are in their Happy Spot….they love the sport…AGAIN.
So, what season are you in?
I have been racing triathlons since 1992. I have gone through every season. I was not a nice person in the advanced season. I was not in a healthy spot in my triathlon world. I have to admit… it is good to be back. I think you know what season I am in!
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