I did what most competitive people would do and checked the times of the previous year’s podium finishers… and there it was – a little bit of a sparkle. A gap in the time where I knew I could possibly hop in.
Immediately contacting Coach Desi that is always readily available with firstly...calming the little excited nervous athlete and then a short powerful message that reads “it’s doable”. Well it’s like getting your training peaks and looking at it with big eyes and thinking – if coach thinks I can do this then I better do this.
She warned me about the run and said we will have to focus on running in particular – from, speed and endurance – and we did. Desi not only worked on the run but built some courage in me to trust, it comes easier to some than others – I’m the latter. Trust the training, trust the coach, trust the tapering, trust the nutrition, and on race day… trust yourself.
It’s like a hanging bridge – once you are on it you have to keep going, looking forward and keeping focus.
Too much stress to this side or to that side will make you tip over – Its focused, deliberate, planned and trained for.
Race day: It came so quickly, a great sea swim(my first in a race) I thought I was much faster than my Garmin said – I wasn’t - working on that.
The run – I loved every minute of the run, yes even bunkers. I pushed through stiches, took just what I needed to carry on from the tables and letting it hurt. Coach wanted a run that I didn’t think I could do just yet, but listening and trusting the coach, the training, the tapering and the nutrition is what got me to that time. A successful race and a 3rd place finish in my age group.
What a great race and what a great team – I salute you!