The racing season in Europe is in full pelt and of course I am reading about those headed to race in Challenge Roth. After racing in Roth last year and winning I vowed I would return in 2013. Unfortunately the best laid plans sometimes don’t pan out and I made the decision a couple of weeks ago to pull out. A few ups and downs in my recovery from Texas meant it just didn’t make sense and whilst I am happy that this is the right decision, I would still love to be there. My experience in 2012 was amongst my top 3 highlights of my triathlon career and so I know I will be on the start line there in the future.
Hiccups and challenges are part and parcel of sport and I’m getting better at accepting that sometimes I have to take the meandering path to where I want to get to rather than the direct route. My lawyering days gave me a good grounding in dealing with these kind of *challenges*. I cannot recall one transaction that went exactly to plan: there was always something cropping up but we always got to the finish point (albeit with a few late nights and a lot of coffee!). I learnt that panicking didn’t help : staying calm and working out how best to deal with the challenge and executing the new plan did! Triathlon isn’t much different to that. It is frustrating: I love the feeling of executing my training plan/race schedule perfectly. But that’s just not always possible or smart. Everyone faces challenges: it’s how you deal with them that largely determines the outcome.
The good news is that instead of Challenge Roth I will be doing a “home” race: Boulder 5150 on 14 July. Having been in Boulder for practically a year it does feel like home and I’m looking forward to testing myself at this shorter distance. Liz Blatchford assured me via Twitter that Olympic distance is simple – go as fast as you can for 2 hours. Simple maybe, painful yes!