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Psychological Barrier(3 posts)

Psychological BarrierAndyLai
Oct 9, 2002 7:04 PM
I race triathlon for two years and completed five Olympic distance races so far. I normally take 10 - 12 training hours a week and pushing myself pretty hard to achieve better result. On last Monday I had a bike accident that stopped my training but I still believed that I could do very good on the Sunday race. However, on the Sunday race, I felt totally strange to the race and had the worst hard feeling on the swimming course. I pushed really hard but still did very slow on the bike. Eventually I quitted at the middel of the bike course and got DNF!! My first DNF!!!!
I feel very very shame to myself and do worry about the future races. What's those hard training hours for??
That was just one race.brider
Oct 10, 2002 6:43 AM
I'm guessing you're in Japan (the shame part is very cultural there, as I understand it). I think you're placing too much importance on the the results of one race. If I had done that, I NEVER would have gotten past my first season as a bike racer. You had 5 days off training at all, then tried to race. Your body just doesn't do that. Don't worry about it. Heal up, then get back on the horse. You'll do fine.
That was just one race.irongirl
Oct 10, 2002 9:05 AM
Hey, put it behind's all part of the experience of being a triathlete. You have some good workouts, you have some bad workouts, you have some good races, you have some bad races. If you look at the big picture, think about how you had that experience of DNF and it made you tougher. You should feel great about yourself for even being in this sport. No shame!!!