Why Tri…Again?

Posted Jan 23 2013, 7:43 pm in , , , , , , ,

Last week (or was it the week before?) I came clean about my goal to train for an Olympic triathlon. And I appreciate all the support, thanks everyone!

One of the questions I’ve been asked is, “Why another Olympic Tri? Why not kick it up a notch?” Okay, fair question. Why am making Olympic triathlons my big goal this year instead of going bigger? Why not an Iron Man? Why not a half Iron Man? Okay, first…come on people! Be serious. But really, the reason is  simple…I want to do better.

Two years ago I did my first (and only) Oly tri. (Like that? I’m finally learning the slang!) And sure, I was happy that I’d finished it. I mean, that’s pretty huge right there. BUT…cause there’s always a but…I wanted to do it better. When all was said and done, I really evaluated my performance and said, “Ummm…no.”
do over

 Don’t get me wrong, I was super-silly proud of myself. I mean…I DID it! And I don’t want to discount that effort, because it was huge. But the thing is…I could have done better, and I disappointed myself because, well, I knew it. I didn’t disappoint myself with my actual performance on race day. I felt I did as best as I could with what I had to work with. It was the months leading up to it. I’d spread myself too thin. I’d committed to too many races, too many events and I didn’t focus on any of them. When it came to the triathlon, if I was being honest with myself, which I was,  I’d kind of made it an after thought, piecing together my training and I hadn’t given the distance the respect it deserved. I felt like I KNEW there was so much more I could have done.

Remember what Mom and Dad used to say? If at first you don’t succeed (or succeed in the way you’d like to) try, try again. So… I’m doing it again. And this time. I’m planning on doing it right. Consider it a do-over. Now, I don’t know if I’ll do any better at it, but that’s beside the point. The point is, I’m going to be true to the training and make it a priority. That way when I get out there and compete, I’ll know I did everything I could. And THAT is why I’m repeating this particular goal.

And then we can talk Iron Man…..maybe!

Have you ever taken a ‘do-over’? Would you like one? What are you training for right now? Join me??



8 responses to “Why Tri…Again?”

  1. Okay, all those people saying, ‘Why not…’ (fill in the blank) need to be slapped. Seriously! You’re doing an Olympic Triathlon. That’s not some pansy run down the street with your kid, that’s serious. Big time.

    I think you rock for doing it over. Not everyone can look back and say, “I could do better and I will”. You can. Good on you, Elena!

    I’ll be rooting for you all the way. Oh, hey ~ my friend Nicole is running a half marathon this weekend and they do this thing where I can log onto the computer and watch her blip run the course. Will we be able to do that for you? It would be so cool to see your blip blipping along!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Aw…thanks, darlin’.

      I think last year, I couldn’t face it again because something in me felt like I was failing if I was doing it over. BUT…this year…I’m so over that! I got this. 🙂

      I love the blip, blip blippy things, but unfortunately, the one race for sure doesn’t have it. And I’m not sure about the other one but I’m pretty sure they don’t. But I’ll totally let you know how it goes.
      Thanks for all your support, Tameri!

  2. I’ll be doing my first 5k in March…working my way towards doing Disney’s Food & Wine 1/2 marathon. I’m nowhere near the kind of great shape you are in. Go you!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      YAY for your first 5KM!!!
      That is awesome! And the food and wine 1/2??! Oh, clearly we are kindred…
      Seriously, congrats on the 5km. That’s huge. And the fact that you have your eye on something else…that’s even huger (I totally think that’s a word, or it should be). I am absolutely in awe of anyone who can get their body moving regularly, set a goal and follow through…THAT is winning!
      Let me know how much fun you have! 🙂

  3. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    Go you! I’m thinking I’d need at least a year to get into shape to do one of those. I think focusing on one big thing is a good way for you to go.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      You’d be surprised, T.
      And yes…you’re right, I do much better with one bigger goal. It’s that focus thing…hmm…

  4. Dee says:

    I think part of the reason I haven’t yet registered for the half-iron that I was looking at doing is that I’m not sure I can manage it – and thinking that maybe I should dedicate this season to just getting my butt in gear and having a good run of sprint, with an oly tri mixed in. I’m also doing a half-marathon in May (Marine Corps Half in Fredericksburg) that I need to train for

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