Problem 7: Disappointment
You trained for an entire year and didn’t hit your race goals.
Solved: “There’s no such thing as a bad race,” Haberl says—just a learning opportunity. “Analyze the point in the race where you perhaps lost focus, you lost drive, you lost motivation, and learn from those moments.”
Walker once worked with a triathlete who had always dreamed of going to Hawaii. When he finally raced in Kona, he bonked so badly on the run that he couldn’t finish. Afterward, “he was literally clinically depressed, because he worked so hard to get to that place,” Walker says. How to recover from a similarly big upset? “Make sure you’re talking to other people, finding support. Then go ahead and set that next goal.”
Remember, Carr says, “One of the beauties of sport is that, in the effort itself, you’ve accomplished a lot of great goals. The mere fact that you’re competing is a success in itself.”