Why is it so hard to celebrate the small victories??

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I haven't competed in a triathlon in almost two years. Yesterday was my first sprint triathlon this year and considering my time away from doing them I did pretty good. I did the same course 3 years ago with much more training and was 10 lbs lighter and my time this year was only 1 minute slower.

I should really just be thankful for the ability to compete at all. I had one major injury 5 years with a fractured hip that took me out of commission and found me learning to walk again let alone swim, bike and run all in one morning. If it was anyone else but me, I would tell them very honestly just getting out there and doing it is the accomplishment. I would absolutely mean it when I said it.

However, when it comes to me, I have spent the last 24 hours trying to figure out what I could have done differently to shave 2 minutes off my time to beat my personal record on that course.

I have four more triathlons on my calendar this summer. Triathlon season in Wisconsin is short so you have to pack them in when you can. My goal for each of these, all ones I have done before, is to find the victory of competing and celebrate it. I want to remember how fortunate I am to have the physical ability to compete and not define my success by the number on the clock at the end.

I cannot let my scale define me another number that can make crazy so I won't let the timeclock number define me either.
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    Sounds like you have set yourself a super high standard. I hope that the rest of yours TRI this summer will be the kinds of races what you want. We can't take back what we do, but we can enjoy the memories. I wish you all the best memories!

    3863 days ago
  • LENORE048
    Anyone that can compete in a triathlon is truly amazing. Be proud of your accomplishment. It's a gift from God. Good luck in all your endeavors. You're awesome.
    3865 days ago
    Awesome! You are accomplishing a lot this summer. Kudos to you. Keep it up.
    3876 days ago
  • APARKE41
    You did a WONDERFUL job! It doesn't matter that you didn't beat your record! You were able to complete it, which is so much more than I can do right now! Good for you! I would love to be able to compete in a triathlon! And you DID, and it's especially amazing because you had that injury, which had to be very difficult to overcome! So I say congrats, and I am proud of you, even if you're not completely proud of yourself!
    3877 days ago
    You definitely can't dwell on what you DIDN'T do. Dwell on what you DID do, and you'll be so much more impressed with yourself.

    Great job!
    3877 days ago
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