I'm thinking of doing something this weekend that's totally unlike me. It's not in my nature at all. It involves the race that I'm doing and I'm sure I'll be one of the only ones there on Sunday to do it. I bet most of you don't do it. I know the cardinal rule of triathlon is don't try something new on race day. But I don't know - I'm feel like taking the risk. I'm thinking of...
Are you ready for it???
No you perves... I'll wear clothes (trust me on this one, the other races, spectators and volunteers can't thank me enough because it would not be a pretty site for more reasons that I wish to list here if I didn't wear clothes. That my friends would take big time kahonas, and quite frankly, why would anyone even consider that. Ugh... can you even imagine? Mental images are starting to creep into my mind and my brain is screaming "my eyes! my eyes!". I bet my splits would be wicked fast though without the wind resistance...)
Anyway, back to racing naked. By that, I mean no electronics. Obviously I don't race with an iPod. As a matter of fact, I don't own an iPod (Kim, you aren't alone). I have an MP3 player but quite honestly I couldn't locate it at this point in my house if I was being forced. I use it that infrequently. But the thought of racing without a watch, Garmin, bike computer, heart rate monitor or anything else telling me how fast (or slow) I'm going intrigues me.
I'm a typical Type A triathlete. It's funny, because I don't think I'm like this in life (I guess I should ask those that know me best to see if I really am). But when it comes to training and racing, I can't get enough of the data. I want to know distance, pace, and time, on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. I compare it to last year, and the year before. I have charts people. I have an uncanny ability to memorize a course and know exactly where every turn, climb, mile marker is after just one run or ride, thus "checking" my progress throughout each training session (and comparing it to what, the last?) is a given.
And I wonder why I get so frustrated if something isn't going right.
On Sunday, I'm racing a local race. It's on my stomping grounds and yes, I know it like the back of my hand. I've raced there for years. What if I "unplug" for the race and just go by feel? Looking at my watch isn't going to make me faster. If anything, it'll just make me frustrated if I'm not hitting my mark at any given point. Maybe this will help me focus on each discipline as I'm in it... live in the moment if I want to be real cheesy. I won't know how long I've been out there. Or how fast I have to go to make up the time I've lost. I won't be able to back off a little because I've banked time either. Maybe my mind will just let me push my body because it feels good, not because the seconds are ticking away.
It's a risk I'm seriously considering. What's the worst that can happen - I do exactly what I'm capable of on that given day and I'm not stressed while doing it?
This might be the best decision I've ever made...