Yesterday I almost went on a little rant about my training objective and race strategy in regards to passing people. Of course I’m naturally competitive and sometimes that trait gets the best of me. Even in workouts I sometimes start with one workload in the plan and end up doing more. That’s not a humble brag, it’s actually a demonstration that I too struggle with discipline.
But the topic for the day is ‘staying in your lane, sticking with the plan, having the right mindset.’
As a coach trying to push people to their personal best, it’s easy for them to compare themselves to others. The gym is a great place to train and it’s a great place to start that comparison game. The first is good, the second is usually a vulnerability to your progress. Here is why: you are not competing against anyone in that gym and you’re not even in the same game! I know, easier said than done but it’s just a reality. My mindset here isn’t to resist comparing to others but rather develop laser focus on what your best version of you can be. That’s the goal.
And that’s what I’m trying to keep in perspective this triathlon season. The goal is not to beat others but at the same time the goal isn’t to “just finish.” Quite simply I’m after my personal best. My personal best.
Now I fully reserve the right to change that approach in later seasons. I love working with athletes who are trying to win their age group. I look forward to the season when I can keep track of a leaderboard for the Wisconsin Tri Series and finish at the top. Until then I’m working towards my personal best. I strongly encourage you to do the same.