Do before being directed. Assume nothing but responsibility. Make choices instead of wishes. Learn to be a triathlete.
Begin with the End in Mind
Destination unknown is not an actual finishing line location. Commit to your end point, milestones along the journey, and skillsets needed to complete the journey. Maybe think geographical: local races, regional championships, Nationals, or maybe the end state of international racing. Maybe you think in terms of speed. Decide to go fast with a sprint distance triathlon or fastest as part of a relay leg. If you think in distances: set goals of sprint, Olympic, half, then full. Or maybe you think in terms of things like a pool, lake, then ocean or even flats, rolling/undulating landscapes or bad ass big climbs. No matter how you think, determine your end in mind. Put in writing your personalized triathlon mission in how to start including specific milestones along your journey.
Put First Things First
Swim, bike, and run competition comes after sign-ups, training, and toeing the starting line. Evaluate your “Bonds of Performance” to align with importance of training preparation activities to achieve your triathlon mission.
Racing sustainability continues because racers support their family, volunteers, race officials, sponsors, equipment suppliers, service providers, and even their toughest competition. Know the specific people who make up your support structure. Fulfillment and personal bests are wins even if you don’t cross the line first. Remember, you only win if they win too!
Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Learn the disciplines of the sport, the tactics of the competitors, and the uniqueness of the races then let your performance and respect of the sport speak for yourself. Your metrics of your targets communicate a universal language. Expressing gratitude of others’ performance when understanding the longevity of the sport is beneficial too.
Get a coach, leverage knowledge of family, sport, and work skillsets across your personal silos. Join a team. Raise the level of all swimmers, bikers, and runners for the betterment of the sport.
Sharpen the Saw
Pursue your life’s continual education in family, social, work, and sports environments. Enhance your life’s performance by adopting polarity management. Be a learn-it-all triathlete, not a know-it-all participant. Acknowledge that life’s graduation day is the ultimate day of reckoning.