I believe my decision to not finish IM Cozumel was merited. The day had been going well before I decided to quit. I had a good swim, for me. 46 minutes with a current. But of course, that means nothing when the front pack swims 40 minutes! I had a taste of what it was like to be in the front group. I found myself with them at 300 meters but gradually lost feet until 500 meters. They then pulled away at which point I swam on my own for about 1000 yards until a group behind me caught up.
I then had a pretty good bike ride as well. I rode consistently and averaged 274 watts for the entire bike leg and stayed aero for over 95% of the time. I still lost time. I believe because I was solo and fighting the win all on my own while the top racers were for the most part together.
I came off on the run in 14th and tried to make a push for the top ten. This is where the money was and where Kona points were. Everyone else was too fast to be caught on the run. I lost my mental motivation and had no urge to continue the last 8 miles. I simply did not want it. Thus, I quit at mile 18. Ii could come up with many excuses for why I didn’t finish such as a minor sore throat, a long season of racing, the hot conditions, being in Mexico, etc. But it boils down to my mental urge to push through. I wanted to be done and kick the off season into gear. I believe if I was feeling this pushing through would have only drained my mental motivation tank for months to come. I want to have a short but proper off season and then build a correct build for 2018. I hope everyone can understand my decision.
Despite not finishing IM Cozumel. I learned some valuable lessons about ironman preparation and what it takes to succeed.
First off, the Europeans brought another level of competition to the race that I was not prepared for. I need to step up and have that as my comparison. I thought I could be in the top ten and believe if the race had been either Wisconsin or Boulder my effort would have had me in the top ten.
How do I get to where I need to be?
A couple things I have thought about that are pertinent to improved performance.
This is bigger picture than just one race. This applies to your season and your whole life. Our mentality is controlled by our current mental well-being. In relation to IM Cozumel I had some rough relationship things happen one week out. This made me struggle to have the right race mentality leading into the race. Honestly, I was more distracted by this stuff and thus did not devote the mental energy to the race I needed to. To race well and train well I think we generally to be content with where we are in life and feel good about ourselves. I think this is what makes being a professional athlete so hard is we are expected to perform all the time, but of course things come up that affect us. We all know this in relation to performance in our chosen field of expertise. So, going forward I will continue to try to improve my life and be happy, fulfilled, and content. After all, this is the main goal in life.
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