The chance that things’ll go wrong in triathlon is higher than you’ll have a perfect race. What makes a successful triathlete is what they do and how react, when undesirable things happens.
If I add up all the things I have done wrong during a triathlon it would be a long list. I have made mistakes in training and racing. The most important is to learn from those mistakes.
From my experience, mistakes in triathlon, training or races tend to happen for three main reasons:
✔️Not practicing a particular skill
✔️Not understanding instructions
✔️Being afraid of something
PRACTICING A PARTICULAR SKILL:
Do you actually go out and practice something? Transitions, swim starts, cornering, descending, changing the tire? Remember, it’s not just practicing which makes perfect. It is actually perfect practice which makes perfect.
NOT UNDERSTANDING INSTRUCTIONS:
How many times have you gone the wrong way on a bike course? Ever done too many laps on the run course? Missed a dismount line? Got the drafting zone wrong? Simple things which can make all the difference to a race.
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF:
Is it open water swimming, descending on a bike, perhaps frightened to try something new?
“IF YOU WANT TO CONQUER FEAR, DON’T SIT AT HOME AND THINK ABOUT IT. GO OUT AND GET BUSY.” – DALE CARNEGIE
Practice your skills especially few weeks-a week before the race. For example: feet in and out the shoes.
If you are afraid of something, it’s ok, just work on it. You are competing in a sport which is going to challenge you. If it was easy, then anyone would do it!