The 2013 XTERRA Worlds were an excellent experience albeit a terrible performance. Given that training into the event went very well there is nothing leading up to the race to indicate to me I would achieve my personal worst performance in Hawaii. Starting the day with an excellent swim setting me up for the bike well, I expected to hop on the bike and do what I do best, only to not be at my best.
The only thing I am sure of is that my best form in my triathlon career is still to come. I truly believe there is so much better potential than I have displayed this year. The only way to realize that ability is to put this race in the rearview and get on with the next ones, even if my ego and confidence needed bandaids for a couple of weeks.
Thank you to all my sponsors and supporters who have offered some words of encouragement as I look to the races coming up at the end of this year and those in 2014. Big thank you to my Hawaii friends Mark and Aaron in Paia for my local connection- thanks you guys!(xx). Extra big thank you to my boyfriend Mike and his family who packed in more fun into the trip than I have ever experienced in all my years of fun-having. Dave and Barb you are pros…so much aloha to you guys.
I have quoted an exerpt from one of my favorite poems that I find appropriate to consider when addressing such an astonishing disappointment. I hope you appreciate it. Aloha.
Lines from Rudyard Kipling’s “If-” (not the entire poem)