Okay, let's chat about yesterday's race. I've struggled to put this one into words, because I don't want to make excuses. So I thought I'd make a small list of takeaways. Because it's what we learn from races that builds us, both as athletes, and people. So here's what I learnt:
1. If you have a target pace and it goes to pot, the demons can strike. Keep them in their box, because if you let them out, then you're in for a world of trouble. 😈
2. Unexpected logistical race changes happen. They can throw you off. Or you can keep calm and figure it out. Choose the latter. 🧘♀️
3. When you have a sibling like @ it is impossible not to be proud. 👯
4. Never shout at your supporters. They are golden. @, sorry! 🕺
5. My HR needs work, still. ♥️ It's a never ending quest. 🧙
6. Never carry frustration from the run into the bike, it's a new page, and you ride much better when you leave it behind you.
7. MOST IMPORTANT: I did my best. I did my absolute best. I was 12th out of 18 in my age group, and I won't apologise for that. Your best has got to be good enough, and the only person that probably needs to be told that is you. 🤷
TLDR: lessons were learned, the world did not end. Oh, and Lonneke is a superstar.