Thursday, March 02, 2006

First Sprint in a Week, Sounds "Scarwy"

The last time my 2 yro nephew visited, my Mom said she offered him shrimp with the shells still on for dinner. Wilson looked at her like a cannibal, "Eat that? No way it's scarwy!" If you think about it, unshelled shrimp is pretty scary looking. All those little legs and the sharp tail, weird things we eat.

My very first sprint is on March 11th. I know I can finish but I'm worried about others' expectations. I feel like people think I'll do really well and I'm afraid I'll disappoint them. The other night in bed, my husband was rubbing my back and I was just about asleep. Then he asked out of the blue "Are you getting excited about the race? I'm excited and I'm not even the one racing!" Nothing like going from an almost peaceful slumber to wide awake in five seconds. Thanks a lot hun for snapping me out of la-la-land real quick. I couldn't fall back asleep because I was stressing about my first tri race. It's gonna be "scawry"

I have entered all races this season as a novice, with the hope of people will help me. I'm worried about transitions. I'm worried about what to wear. I'm worried I'll go too hard early in the sprint and burn out during the run. I'm worried I'll get lost. I honestly just want to get it over with so I'll understand what triathlons are all about. The next one will be more fun because I'll be more comfortable. I remember when I was on swim team, I hated the pre-race feeling. Waiting on the bench for my race, I'd get these horrible butterflies in my stomach. I was so nervous and I didn't want to talk because my mind was too busy chattering. Once I dove off the block, it all disappeared. I thought of nothing but swimming my heart out. I could only hear cheering when my head would pop out of the water for a breath. All my worries were gone and before I knew it the race was finished.

I am always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time. Anna Freud

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At 2:36 PM, Blogger Bridget said...

Don't worry about other people's expectations. I know where you are coming from, but I think our loved ones just get excited for us and want to see us do well. As long as you are happy, then you will have done well. Don't worry about mistakes like going out too hard. If it happens you will learn from it and it will be a good experience.

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger Wylee said...

I am a big worrier too. If you find a way to get over that let me know huh? Oh wait, Jack Daniels does help sometimes. :)

I'm sure you will do great in the sprint and I can't wait to read your race report! Good luck, have fun, don't take yourself too seriously!

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Robin said...

Saturday, Nov 5th, 2005. My first blog entry about my first (sprint) tri race. I was sooooo nervous. It was sooooo much fun. It hooked me! I was worried about what to wear, falling off my bike, getting DQ'ed for drafting, causing a major bike pile up accident trying to pass people. Not being able to pass people. Taking a wrong turn, etc etc. Once I got into the water ans started swimming, my nerves were much better. I was starting to have fun. Once I got out of T1 and got on my bike, I was really having fun and enjoying myself. Once I got into T2...that was it, I was hooked. HAVE A BLAST. Believe me, when you just finish it, anyway you do, you won;t be letting anyone down. HAVE FUN. Can't wait to hear about it.

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger nancytoby said...

Good luck and have a blast! Don't forget to do a few dress rehearsals of your transitions - it feels kind of stupid, but it really helped me with confidence and thinking straight when I was in a hurry.

 
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