If there has one thing I have learned to be true during my 28 years on this planet, it is indeed that as Charles Swindoll said, "life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." Some lessons you have to learn the hard way, but those events can be an excellent catalyst for change. And I am ready for a change. Thus, I am excited to announce that I will be joining The Triathlon Squad coached by elite coach Paulo Sousa and based in Poway just outside of San Diego, California.
It took an 11hr plane ride to Brazil to finally sit down and catch up on my blog. So here is the short version of my summer racing and training since the end of the qualification period and in the lead up to the Olympic games.
Belgian Championships (sprint distance): 12 June
Although the travel, jetlag and back-to-back racing were far from ideal, I did not regret my last minute decision to add the Tongyeong World Cup to my racing schedule. No matter the outcome, I knew I needed to go to avoid feeling any regret later on if I ended up a few points shy of qualifying for the Olympics.
For my first race back from injury, I found myself at the foot of the podium this last Sunday in the Sprint European Cup in Riga. Inside, I had mixed emotions:
- Rational Claire says: After the string of injuries you’ve had this year, you should be happy
1) to be racing 2) to be healthy and 3) to have earned valuable points.
- Competitive Claire says: Fourth place, that’s the first loser! You can do better!
If my race were a monologue, here’s how it unfolded:
Here’s a little update for the rest of the season. After missing so many races due to crashes, illnesses, slips and subsequent injuries, I see this as Triathlon Season 2015, Part Two: The Redo. This Sunday, Aug 9th I will compete in my first European Cup in Riga, Latvia at 13:00 local time (watch live streaming here). Since I’ve only been back running for 10 days after nearly 2 months off I’m not setting any particular expectations, but remain excited for the chance to race and to get in a competitive effort.
If you’ve ever been to a great show or concert and thought “Wow, that was really a spectacular performance,” behind the lead performer there was almost certainly an incredible, dedicated group of people helping make the event a success. However, the hard work of the team operating behind the scenes tends to go overlooked...this blog post is about thanking those people.