It’s race morning, it’s the big day your key race has finally arrived. You’ve barely slept and can’t wait to get the race started. You
A.) wake up 30 minutes before race and have a donut ten minutes before the start skip to part 2
B.) wake up 2 hours ahead and have some oatmeal along with fave electrolyte drink skip to part 4
C.) wake up 1 hour ahead and skip breakfast so you look good in your race kit skip to part 3
D.) wake up 3 hours ahead for toast, tea, and a banana skip to part 4
You lick the frosting from the your fingers and rock up to the start line. Your wetsuit is on and you’re ready to rock. You have a good swim start but fade quite a bit during the second half. Must of been that sugar rush from your donut breakfast, you‘re swim is 15 minutes slow so you
A.). You resolve to stay with your race plan and nail you nutrition on the bike skip to part 8
B.) You decide to make up that 15 minutes in the first ten miles of the bike skip to part 11
C.) You decide to quit since you having a bad day already and decide to go out for more coffee and donuts skip to part 10
D.) You relax it looks like everyone had a slow swim and just try to make up time during the second half of the bike skip to part 9
You get the start line and are already feeling wiped out. Your swim goes okay but you exit a bit down and feeling more tired than the effort should have resulted in. You make your way to the bike and
A.). You resolve to stay with your race plan and nail you nutrition on the bike to try to fend off the bonk from not eating breakfast skip to part 8
B.) You decide to eat all your nutrition in the first ten miles of the bike skip to part 9
C.) You decide to quit since you having a bad day already and decide to go out for coffee and air skip to part 10
D.) You relax it looks like everyone had a slow swim and none of them look as good as lean as you in your race kit skip to part 8
You get the start line and feel great. You have a great swim start and are moving well through the water. Then another swimmer start to clobber starting with your feet and moving up towards your head. You panic thinking this person may actually drown you. Then seeing a kayak and the turn bouy up ahead,
A.) You resolve to put in a small surge to drop this person around the turn buoy skip to part 6
B.) You decide to stop for a moment to get your bearings letting the aggressive swimmer go by and sighting for the least crowded line to the turn buoy skip to part 6
C.) You hit the other swimmer back, start fighting and cursing at him or her, then start have a full blown panic attack. You’re saved by the kayak skip to part 5
D.) You throw in a big breaststroke kick breaking the swimmer’s jaw. You feel terrible as you only meant to get the swimmer off your back. You help the swimmer to the kayak apologizing profusely for the accident skip to part 5
After letting go of the kayak, you’re an emotional basket case. The interaction with the other swimmer has left you emotionally spent. You try to refocus on your race and resolve to get through the swim and back into the race on the bike.
A.). You resolve to stay with your race plan and refocus on the race and have a good bike skip to part 8
B.) You decide to stop being so tense and try to enjoy this experience since you’re doing this sport for fun to part 9
C.) You decide to quit since you having a bad day and can’t get your mind back into the race skip to part 10
D.) You relax it looks like everyone had a tough swim and just try to make up time during the second half of the bike skip to part 9
Finishing up the swim, it goes much smoother during the second half. In fact you’re having a great day and your swim time is much better than expected. You run into transition with a big smile on your face and head out on the bike excited for the rest of the race. But once on your bike you notice that your race nutrition is gone. You only have one bottle and gels you taped on the frame.
A.). You resolve to stay calm, use the nutrition you still do have with you, and take advantage of the aid stations along the course skip to part 9
B.) You turn around and head backwards toward transition to get your bottles only to have a official stop you and tell you to turn around. After getting upset and arguing with the official, you realize that he’s right biking into oncoming traffic is a dad idea. You calm down and ride on using the aid stations along the course skip to part 8
C.) You panic, start to worry, and gripe about your misfortunate. Halfway through the bike, you decide to quit since you’re already feeling the bonk skip to part 10
D.) You decide to stop being so tense and try to enjoy this experience since you’re doing this sport for fun skip to part 9
There is no part 7. If you’re reading this then you’re off the reservation not choosing your own adventure head back to Part 1 and play again. Or better yet, go out and start training!
You have an average bike. The emotional toll of the race and nutrition issues have taken their toll, and you aren’t on track for the PR you had hoped to achieve. As you exit transition to start the run, your legs feel okay a bit like chopped liver but
A.) no worse than in that last hard training run. You resolve to put in a small surge to wake the legs up and focus on holding your form and cadence for the rest of the run skip to part 12
B.) when a few athletes run by you, your will to go on fades and you start to walk and then sit on curb skip to part 11
C.) you head out hard deciding to try to get back all the time you lost and achieve that PR. Things are going well until you start to feel sick and your nutrition is bouncing around in your stomach skip to part 13
D.) you focus on the runners up ahead and slowly try to reel each on in making sure to take in aid and keep yourself fueled to finish the race strong skip to part 12
Getting off the bike, you can hardly believe your eyes. The race is going so well you‘re on track to surpass even you dream PR goal for the race. As you exit transition to start the run, your legs aren’t even feeling too bad until you hit the first hill then
A.) for the first time in the day you start to feel bad so you resolve to release the tension and focus on holding your form and running steady for the rest of the run skip to part 12
B.) a stream of athletes runs by you, your positive attitude starts to wane ,and you start to think that you aren’t a very good runner you yell at some volunteers and still feel bad. So you stop at the next road and walk off the course skip to part 11
C.) you push harder trying to smash your PR throwing your race plan out the window. You feel good for another few miles until you start to bonk and feel sick to your stomach skip to part 13
D.) you focus on the runners up ahead and take your time at the next aid station to make sure you are getting in enough fluids to finish the race strong skip to part 12
After quitting the race, you feel badly for a few days (donuts and coffee help assuage the pain) and go over in your head what went wrong. Despite contemplating selling all your triathlon gear on eBay and finding a more sane hobby, you commit to signing up for another race, learning from your mistakes in this race, and reaching that PR goal next time. You even convince some friends to join you in your quest. Misery loves company right? To choose another adventure head back to Part 1 and play again.
You are at a decision point here quit the race and feel badly for the next few weeks or push and finish however long it take or badly it feels. Despite stopping to walk and sitting on the side of the road, you pull you act together and focus on just finishing the task at hand. Once the pressure is off, you chat with other athletes and volunteers. Before you know it there is a smile on your face and the finish line is right in front of you. Get back out there training and get a PR next time out. To choose another adventure head back to Part 1 and play again.
The run really starts to hurt. But you keep your focus on your running form, the reasons your out here racing, and how sweet the finish will feel. Despite going through a few rough patches, you push on and before you know it the finish line and clock are showing a huge PR as you cross. Despite the pain in your body, you can’t help but smile bigger than even reveling in your success through your own sweat and hard work. Your family thinks you are a bit goofy as the silly smile stays with you for weeks until you decide to find that next race and PR to challenge yourself. To choose another adventure head back to Part 1 and play again.
The run hurts and your stomach is upset. But after a good puke and bathroom stop, you feel like a new man and start re-passing everyone that just went by you. Despite the odds, the second half of your run is blazing and you feel amazing especially relative to how you felt in the first half. Surprising yourself, you push on and before you know it the finish line and clock are showing a small PR as you cross. Despite the pain in your body, you can’t help but smile feeling like you overcame some struggles to still have a great race. Despite facing adversity out there, you are so happy you kept with it and didn’t give up or quit. You decide to revisit your nutrition plan, ie get some First Endurance, and find that next race to go after a bigger PR this time hopefully without the stomach issues. To choose another adventure head back to Part 1 and play again.