First thought: That would be totally embarrassing. I don't know if accomplishing a triathlon would even feel very good if I came in last place.
Second thought: But you would finish. A Swim, a bike AND a 5K. Might as well be an Ironman, that is what it will feel like to me!
Our fears can lead our lives down paths that we don't want to go, but are to afraid to face.
I'm reminded of when I first got my bike. "But what if I fall?" Just get back up. It was scary, then it happened, then it wasn't so scary anymore.
I think the same has proven true for coming in last.
Last week there was a 1 mile race (not timed, just for fun) where you run a mile then you get a beer (or choice soda, etc). The proceeds go to charity. I signed up and so did SwimSis, SwimTot and my good friend Ali. So we start running and about a quarter mile in, Ali and I need a walk break. SwimTot did too, so SwimSis asked if she could stay with us while she kept running. We said sure. Granted there was no shade and it was in the upper 80s, but that turned SwimTot into a grump! She would not run for the life of her and whined about being hot for the remaining 3/4ths of a mile. It was not pretty. The whole time I was trying to coax her back to the finish. We rounded the last curve and the volunteer at the corner started chatting with us and walking back with us. Then I looked behind us - no one! As we closed in on the parking lot and the "finisher's chute", I MADE SwimTot run and we clocked in at 19:10 for a mile. The very last people! Was it embarrassing? Ever so slightly. Did it make me want to never race again? No way!
I got my last place in, now anything else shouldn't be such a big deal.
I know I will probably be near the bottom of finishers in my sprint tri, but luckily, I know I won't cross the finish line last as there is also an Olympic distance option :)
I've been putting in some extra workouts lately. Building my confidence right along with increasing my stamina (I'm looking at you, BRICK workouts!). In the past few months, runs were few and far between and my biking was mostly with my Tri training group (once a week). I've been pretty happy with these extra workouts and hope to keep it up so I feel confident on August 10th!
Here are a few pics from the post race festivities:
|SwimSis, SwimTot, me|
|Me, SwimTot, my dear friend Ali|
What's a fear that you have a hard time facing?