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Leaving for my first triathlon..

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

update for my Sparkfriends. I have finally packed everything, gone over my lists and done the Santa thing and checked them twice. I look at all the race numbers I have up on my wall and realize that one thing never changes... race day anxiety for your first event. Although I have done many events and have a pretty solid pre-race routine, the anxiety is still there for any event that I consider important.

With a triathlon, there is much more to take into consideration. If you are into OCD multitasking, this is the sport for you.

One thing that really helps me is for weeks, I mentally rehearse my transitions and the event and talk to others who have done it to see if there is anything I am not considering. While battle plans rarely survive contact with the enemy, mentally rehearsing scenarios will go a long way in preventing or coping the vast number of issues that may occur. Such things being the transition area layout, the course layout and so on.

It was very useful to ride through the bike course and identify those area where there might be safety issues such as sharp corners, areas of loose gravel, hard hills etc... it was also useful to identify those areas that were flat and fast for general recovery and fueling as well, especially before coming into T2 from the bike to the run.

Another thing that helps me greatly is the philosophy that i use for my long runs. Long runs are race day rehearsal. What you will do the day before, on race morning and before the start. Those routines must be hammered out with such familiarity that regardless of the level of pre-race and race day anxiety, you can methodically do the critical tasks by the numbers without the mental fog causing you to miss important details that will hurt you later.

Another important thing is to have packing lists weeks or months in advance and update them. What tastes better? Something slow brewed in a crock pot or something spit out after 10 min in a microwave? If you give your mind a long time to ponder a certain subject, there will be far better results than something hurriedly thrown together a few days prior. It is far less likely to miss important stuff, the little stuff that makes a difference. Prepare and ponder early. let the mind process it often for better results.

A little anxiety is perfectly normal, healthy and necessary. I said a little. It is beneficial to have a little anxiety because it places the situation that demands our attention in the forefront and keeps it there. It helps you keep your edge and kicks you in the butt to keep you training.

However too much causes you to continually second guess your training and that leads to bad mistakes such as overtraining and going crazy during the taper.

When I get there, I have a short list of prep work to do then it is relaxation time. time to chill.

I've got this, short of a major mechanical problem on the bike, I know I will do just fine.

Ok dudes and dudettes, I'm outta here. time to hit the road.

TTYL.... time to bring it.
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CHUM48 9/28/2012 2:37AM

    I trust all was successful!

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DEBK0923 7/15/2012 11:08AM

    good luck to you, great blog

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/13/2012 11:23AM

    Good luck!!!!!

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HOLLY255255 7/10/2012 5:34PM

    My first sprint triathlon is in September. You will have to tell us what you wore. I can't figure out what to wear to do all 3 sports. I have some many questions. Please blog all these little details, we want to know :)

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GBAUM0432 7/3/2012 3:18PM

  Nice!

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NANHBH 7/3/2012 11:21AM

    Robert,

This is a great blog for me to read, since I'll be doing my first tri in August. I have no idea what to expect, so your blogging about it is helping me to invision what I'll need to do. I'm hoping to find a tri training class before the event. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
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EMILYDOODLE 7/2/2012 11:59PM

  good luck on you tri.

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CUINPARADISE 7/2/2012 10:53PM

    WooHoo! You're VERY adventurous! Good luck to you!
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HIGHNOON 7/2/2012 10:06PM

  Best wishes for a safe finish. emoticon emoticon

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NIKO27 7/2/2012 8:55PM

    Good Luck

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COUPONS0216 7/2/2012 8:35PM

    I am sending blessing wishes of fun, safety and happiness your way. Have fun and take care, we are all cheering you on in cyberspace and can't wait for the update on your win!
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TRI_BABE 7/2/2012 8:02PM

    Hope it was great!

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REENIE131 7/2/2012 6:26PM

    Hope it was awesome!

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FROMNEBRASKA 7/2/2012 5:36PM

    Good luck!

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MAUREENGRACE1 7/2/2012 5:21PM

    Well Robert you did it. You were there. You stepped up to the challenge. Well done. emoticon

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SUZEDGE 7/2/2012 4:23PM

    Hope it went well, I would love to get a Tri under my belt... :-))

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LUCKEGIRL40 7/2/2012 3:23PM

    Good Luck! You'll do awesome!

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LYNNLUVS2RUN 7/2/2012 3:08PM

    Good Luck. Best wishes for a safe finish.

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WARMSTRONG2 7/2/2012 2:51PM

  Good luck and God's speed.

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MERMAID524 7/2/2012 1:35PM

    Congrats on your journey! Good luck, be safe and have fun on your Triathalon!

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WALLINMW 7/2/2012 12:41PM

  Stay motivated!

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NESARIAN 7/2/2012 12:29PM

    Awesome! Enjoy the journey!

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DOTTY7267 7/2/2012 12:19PM

    Wishing you the best time and enjoyment.

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WONDERFUL2BME 7/2/2012 12:08PM

    HaHa! Excited for you. What an amazing, wonderful thing that you have the physical ability to do this, and you do. Go for it!

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LITTLEROX20 7/2/2012 12:04PM

    Best of Luck!

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SKNYMOMWANNABE 7/2/2012 12:03PM

    Hope you had fun...my first went from a Tri to a "du" however I have to more Tri's one slated for the end of August, One in September...My swimming is definitely the weakest link and once I feel better about that it should be more fun! Have a great time!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/2/2012 11:52AM

    Good luck. emoticon Your name says it all. ON2VICTORY

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LOVINGMAMA1 7/2/2012 11:41AM

  good luck! What an inspiration.

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TONYPADILLA 7/2/2012 11:04AM

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TONYPADILLA 7/2/2012 10:52AM

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CMERUN29 7/2/2012 9:53AM

    Good luck. I love your comparison of the crock pot and the microwave. My friends laugh at me because I "over-think" everything but I agree that it helps to calm me down. I know that I have done everything I can to prepare. Hope you enjoy every minute of your first tri.

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GUDDIGO 7/2/2012 8:42AM

  Great inspiration.....

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JANDAH 7/2/2012 8:26AM

    You are an inspiration !

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WILSON1926 7/2/2012 7:53AM

    How did it go? Did you do as you expected?

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GBAUM0432 7/2/2012 7:50AM

  Good Luck

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BRASKIN 7/2/2012 7:43AM

  good luck!

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BECCA7931 7/2/2012 6:32AM

    emoticon What a milestone for you!

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SERASARA 7/2/2012 6:25AM

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THEIS58 7/2/2012 4:10AM

    Hope it was great!

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HELENARW 7/2/2012 3:50AM

    Congrats on preparing for your first Tri. I completed one of many now last Saturday too. And am still on a high after it. Well done there and I hope you enjoyed every single minute of it.

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STRIVERONE 7/1/2012 11:12PM

    I'm reading this Sunday night. I hope you out performed your expectations.

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WOLF-SPIRIT 7/1/2012 10:52PM

    Wow. Thanks for sharing this. Through your experience some of us can learn so much to get it right ... like you! ;) Again, thanks for this!

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JAMER123 7/1/2012 9:02PM

    emoticon emoticon and good luck on your run!

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MARYJEANSL 7/1/2012 5:23PM

  Sounds like you had everything pretty well under control - hope it went really well.

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SUSIEMT 7/1/2012 3:10PM

    I can't wait to hear how it went. Good Luck!

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