So I did it. I completed the Virgin Active London Triathlon. That is all I set out to do and that is what I did. I had several moments the week before where I seriously doubted that I would even start it. Excuse after excuse was running through my mind but positivity won, and I triumphed over self-doubt.
I hadn’t done an open water swim and I hadn’t even tried my wetsuit on for size. Most people would call that foolish and it probably was, but I was in denial. It’s amazing what your mind will do if you let it. However, I did pull out a couple of last minute training sessions at the gym and felt pretty strong. I now knew I was going to do it.
[frame_center src=”http://www.mypollyanna.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/IMG_3604.jpg” href=””][/frame_center]With my head in the right place, I just wanted to get in the water and get it done. I turned up at the ExCel centre in Docklands in plenty of time and made myself at home with the surroundings. I was on my own for an hour or so before my co-athletes (well for the day we could call ourselves ‘athletes’ at least!) turned up but I kept my mind in the right place and chilled out. Instead of freaking out I was getting increasingly comfortable with what I was going on around me.
I set up my gear in the transition area and precariously pulled on my wetsuit. I have seldom worn a wetsuit so I couldn’t have told you if it was any good or not but I do know a fair bit about quality. I can tell you the quality of my 2XU tri wetsuit was excellent. Really light weight and the perfect fit. I felt confident that it would fit because of the excellent service I had received from www.mywetsuithire.co.uk - they had double checked my height and weight and called me to say the size I had ordered wouldn’t be right and they are sending me what they think will fit me. It did. Perfectly.
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Having never competed in a large event (or small one for that matter) I got in the water and went for it. For the whole two hours (plus!) I talked to myself and never gave myself the option of giving up. With the benefit of hindsight I think I probably could have pushed myself physically harder but I was focussing more on my mental abilities and saving my legs to ensure I made it round! I was also aided by the gels and chomps from GU Energy that gave me that extra kick to get round. (Really poor quality photo coming up – sorry!)
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In conclusion, I can safely say that mental strength got me through it. I was so underprepared it was almost silly. I also had some people tell me that I shouldn’t do it. The only thing that got me in that water was the self-belief that I could achieve it.
So now I have my time to beat and the question of whether to do it next year or not??
Have you achieved personal triumph with positive mental attitude?
Thank you for your support,
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