Its groundhog day…. over and over… different distance, different event, different location… but same swim split, same bike split, same run split (more or less).
Can you imagine the frustration, the disappointment, the anger that must be building in this athlete for training year after year… and not seeing any meaningful improvement. After 7 years, unable to consistently take off even 5 secs / 100m in the swim must be agonizing. Yet, this is normal for the majority of athletes, and because it is ‘normal’ everyone seems to simply settle into the meme that… there is no chance of ever seeing material improvement, consistent progress… so train, and hope that your next iron distance triathlon doesn’t put you into the medical tent.
I can imagine the frustration, the disappointment, the anger… I’ve been here, I’ve done this… I’ve put in months and years of training to see my results only go backwards, not forwards. Not only that, but I put my kids into the same scenario… and saw them become frustrated, disappointed, angry. So we stopped. We stopped, and as a family we started all over again… we went back to the fork in the road, we went back to the place where we made the decision to go one way, and we went the other way.
There is another way to train.
There is another way to compete.
No problem… review the results on the TOEST and TOETT websites. Click under Results from the Main Menu and you will see the proof. Athletes of all ages, athletes with various training and racing experience and most importantly athletes with no prior athletic experience as age groupers improving, race after race, event after event, in one sport and across several.
There is another way.
It is a way that offers consistent step by step progress. The steps may be small at times, larger at others, but the steps are clear, the trajectory is clear, there is no doubt that there is progress and that is all that matters. Why? Because no matter how small the progress, no matter how small the steps… when you start to experience consistent progress, you start to feel success. When you start to feel success, you gain confidence. When you gain confidence, you gain belief and when you gain belief that is when you start setting bigger and bigger goals because you know that you are on a path that doesn’t become a dead-end. You know that you are on a path that can lead you to victory after victory. And with that you experience fulfillment, satisfaction, contentment and most importantly joy. You may not be where you want to be, but you know you are on your way… and that is all that matters.
In the end I believe we will all agree that Robert Frost was right all along…