In the last post I wrote about the experience of my Olympic distance triathlon. But I didn’t mention my analysis of it. Yes, I know this could be boring and no one cares how I could have saved a few more seconds. But I like to talk a little about the analysis and especially the attitude of an athlete in this post.
When I crossed the finish line, I was happy and I knew that I gave my best. But then a few minutes later when I had the receipt with the detailed split in my hands I immediately started thinking I could have done it faster… I was thinking in which part I could have saved a few more seconds and maybe even finished under 2h 15min. Why is that?
Before I started this race I had a goal. I wanted to be faster than my last Triathlon in Stamford (2:21:08). I also set an aspiration for 2h 15min. So finishing with 2:17:45 is perfectly within this range, and that I didn’t hit the 2:15 shouldn’t be a big deal since it was a stretch goal. But as an athlete that doesn’t matter. As soon as you achieved one goal, you think you can do it faster the next time. I guess this is just the eternal drive to get better…
Then I look at this race from the other perspective. I wanted to improve the time from Stamford. But what I didn’t consider were the differences in the races. First off, the swim leg was shorter due to the low tide. Which saved me several minutes (let us say 3min) and then the transition are which were smaller and closer to the exit. Comparing the time of the professionals Stamford was another 3min faster. Admittedly, the Stamford Triathlon had a hillier bike course which is hard to factor in, but looking at the pros again, it seems that they were about 3min faster (also considering that the field in Washington DC was better). So the major factors seem to make the Stamford course 3 min faster.
This leads to the conclusion that I improved my time not “only” by ~4min, but rather by ~7min. And there is still the excuse of the wet roads
After this though process I was much happier with my time from this Sunday. This seems weird, since I just should be happy with my time in the first place. After all I gave my best…
Any other athletes out there, who go through the same process?