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This summer I have introduced several people to triathlon. I came across this article written by Bethany Leach Mavis. Let me know what you think.
1. They turn experiences into tools for racing. Learn from your races and race to win. Practice in less than perfect conditions and develop ways to deal with those conditions.
2. Focus on the process. Making lists before the race and during races allows one to keep focused on the task at hand. Mentally running through your list allows your body to start anticipating and preparing for what comes next.
3. Race on auto-pilot. Triathletes need to develop a "mental game." You need to focus on positive cues and learn to let your body take over because it knows what it needs to do.
4. Know how to find an extra gear. Become self-aware, determine your motivations, fears and how you best focus in race. Learn to work with your parameters instead of reshaping who you are.
5. See everything as an opportunity. Injuries and setbacks occur. Give yourself a couple of days to mentally deal with injury and then become proactive in healing. If you can't run, become a better swimmer. If you can't swim, become a better biker. Focus on activities that lift your spirits.
6. Keep their races in perspective. There are two things in life you can control, and that is your attitude and your effort. Be happy when you cross the finish line because you realize you do your very best every time.
Realize that the outcome of races can't be the only reason you are racing triathlon. Training is 90 percent of the ball game. Don't rely on the 10 percent for definition.