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DNF – I `m sorry for my weak performance « Caroline Steffen’s Blog


DNF – I `m sorry for my weak performance

DNF (Did Not Finish) – very unpleasant three letters behind my name in this year’s ranking of the ITU Long Course World Championship in Las Vegas, USA. Actually, I wanted to defend my title from last year, but I missed the strength to finish and to fight for it. 4km swim (was canceled due to cold temperatures), running 120km bike, 30km.

What has happened? Well, now I could enumerate determined 10 different excuses that have led to my failure. The beginning of incredibly cold temperatures of 1 degree on race morning, would go up to stomach problems in the run section. But all these are no reasons for my resignation, because usually I would have overcome all these difficulties, somehow, and get to the finish successfully. But not this time This time was different. This time I got to my mental limite like never before. My legs would have made me running for a other 16km but my head has decided against it. I start to struggle to stay focused, could suddenly no longer deal with the pain, I was too tired for pushing my body gain to the limit. I `m sorry for my weak performance!

Now, I took some days of rest. After I`ll look ahead and plan the new season. In the past two days Dave and I have enjoyed the “other” side of Las Vegas, but today it is time to go back home; which I call Australia.

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