Lessons Learned from Savage Race
I woke up the morning of the race nervous. Now I'm not usually nervous, but I just got over a pretty bad ankle sprain and all I could think about was coming down the hills. I use different tactics to help me keep my mind right before a race. I have a specific playlist I listen to. I also listen to Steven Furtick's "I will fight." It's really good. Nothing was really getting me out of it.
When we got to the race I was running late. I didn't have time to do my warm up. I was wearing compression socks that I don't normally wear. These by no means are excuses for performance, they all contributed to the negative self talk in my mind.
In bigger races like this where I know there are really fast people I normally like to start toward the back. My confidence feels better passing people rather than being passed. I chose to start in the front this time purely because I know how frustrating that hill is when you are trying to go around people. Now I have about 30 competitors that will pass me since there were about 5 ahead of me. I try to tell myself I am just running my race. That usually works.
This is my first time racing this race. Last year I enjoyed it with my girlfriend who was pregnant. My memory of those hills weren't nearly as brutal. I pretty much thought they were going to suck, not SUCK. As my expectations were shattered the sabotaging self talk ensued.
It wasn't until after mile 2 that things started to change for me. As soon as I stopped worrying about my ankle, and let my mind empty I was able to race. The obstacles didn't give me any trouble. Also the flat sections with all the turns allowed me to make up a lot of ground. As I let my fear disappear, the downhills became my friend again.
After I finished exhausted I drank a ton of fluid, then took a nap. When I woke up I started thinking about my performance and how it could have been better. Really as far as effort goes, I did okay, for the mindset I had.
2) Have multiple mantras to repeat or recall memories of overcoming adversity to fight back against the enemy.
3) Keep up with my training and add longer--Hill intervals.
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