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I have had excellent results at IM and 70.3 that I still could point to something about the race that needed improvement.
So I while I can say I was "reasonably" happy with many of my results, I have never been actually 100% happy or satisfied. Always need to strive for improvement.
Absolutely!!! This is as close to the fountain of youth I've ever gotten, and the sport has given me my teenage body back. I usually podium my age group, and even have a couple overalls, but that's nothing compared to looking and feeling good. I fell apart in the hills at Waco last year, and tried really hard to be disappointed. But I've been doing this long enough, to know that you learn more from one bad race, than you do from 100 good races, so cherish the opportunity to still learn. And once I saw the Waco race photos, I'm like looking pretty good for an old dude, so I'm very happy with that.
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And, as others have mentioned, as I have gotten older -- while I am competitive -- I also try to make goals of being the friendliest person on the course, appreciate certain moments of the experience and be happy to finish. Throwing up in the recovery tent is also a reward ...
Iâ€™m wondering what others feel in regards to successful races.
I'd say that you are either setting your goals at unrealistic levels if you are only achieving them such a small percentage of the time, or you need to work on race prep and your mental game.
I guess maybe I should have phrased the original question a bit differently. By really happy I guess I meant a result that you almost didnâ€™t expect you could accomplish. There have only been a few times where Iâ€™ve crossed the finish line and given myself a â€˜wholly crapâ€™ - meaning I was almost shocked with how well I did.
The first time this happened was 2012 when I ran a 10k three weeks before Boston and ran a full minute faster than what I thought I could run. This gave me a ton of confidence heading into Boston with good run fitness, but on race day it was 90+ degrees and my race was far from the result I wanted. Since then, Iâ€™ve had four other races where I crossed the line almost shocked with how I did based off training and expectations.