"When you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting."
- Doris Brown Heritage, pioneer in women's distance running
You've just completed a race. You are exhausted, overwhelmed with emotions, sore as can be and so, the reflecting begins. The if's, I wish and but's begin and good or bad - there's something to be learned from every race experience.
When you dedicate your energy, time and money to a race, getting to the starting line is the exciting part. No matter the race, distance or sport, every experience should be remembered in the form of a written report. Because the best performances are told by the athlete and not on paper/website with a finishing time or age group place, I believe a race report is an intimate and motivating way to capture raw feelings, emotions and thoughts soon after crossing a finishing line (or getting to the starting line).
Race reports hold a special place in my heart because it is the best way for me to grow as an athlete and to appreciate the hard work that is needed to reach my goals. I learn so much about myself from every racing experience and my race reports are a constant reminder that my worst day may be someone's best day. As an age-group athlete, triathlons are not my life, swim-bike-run is my lifestyle. Not a day goes by that I don't thank my body for what it allows me to do on a daily basis. When it comes to training hard, I love challenging myself to step outside my comfort zone.