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Part Two: Performance

Following the article titled Part One – Focus – last week, The Championship has happened providing the opportunity to perform.  In this article, I will explain the ‘Performance’ zone of achieving my goal as a triathlete.

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The months of hard work are complete and it’s time to receive the reward for the dedication, diligence and commitment; it’s race day!  Every stroke taken, every turn of the pedal made and every step run has contributed towards the “race ready” feeling that along with it brings about such pride and sense of achievement even before the start line. The goal that once seemed so far away is now at arms’ reach.  It's time to enjoy and reap the benefits of the months spent in the ‘focus’ zone. 

In the knowledge that I had done all that I could through training and preparation, I went out there holding my head high and proud to be sharing the same race course as many world champions such as, two times Olympic medalist and ITU world champion winner, Alistair Brownlee from the UK and the eventual winners Lionel Sanders from Canada in the men’s event and Lucy Charles from the United Kingdom in the Women’s event, not to mention the rest of the world class field which included Annabel Luxford, Heather Wurtele, Richard Murray, Richard Varga to name just a few. To say this performance was special is an understatement, to be racing with and against the world wide fastest and strongest triathletes was simply an amazing opportunity.  

Performance brings a mix of emotions, it's the end of the journey so to speak, when a sense of closure is present, however it's also the time to shine, the time to present your hard work to the public.  With this, it's important to stay attentive of these feelings and manage them to your advantage.  The adrenaline racing through you is immense, keep hold of this and carefully release throughout the performance.  Performance is both predictable because of all the training you have put in, but also unpredictable.  The conditions on the day, the last night’s sleep, the last couple of meals and much more can all impact on your performance.  Try to control these as much as possible, but naturally some cannot be

Performance for me on Saturday 3rd June at The Challenge Championship in Samorin, Slovakia, saw me achieving a personal best in the swim and cycle, which set me flying with energy knowing I had beaten my first two goals of the triathlon. Despite these successes, I had to take the up with the down.  The run ended up setting me back carrying an ITB friction issue in my left leg, yet I didn't let this stop me, I could see the finish as my ultimate Performance goal, so I pushed on through doing all that I could to compete the 21.1km.  I completed it!  With fantastic supporters and spectators along the way helping to carry the challenges I was under, I was given the encouragement and team spirit needed to finish.  I would like to thank everyone who was there with a cheer and smile along the way, especially my husband James, my parents and representatives from our NAE sister school, The British International School of Bratislava.

Now it is time for step three, the ‘Refocus’ zone.

Ms Mary McAloon, Deputy Head TX Campus

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