Standing in transition, it’s easy to compare: this person has aerobars, that person has a nice wetsuit. The way to get the most out of your TTF experience is to run your own race, and get satisfaction out of your personal achievements rather than comparisons.

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PACE YOURSELF

In this day and age, it’s so easy to get caught up in what other people are doing.

Comparing is easy, but it is also fraught with danger. It’s easy to be jealous of your friend posting Instagram snaps from a beach in Mexico while you’re chained to your desk, but it’s important to remember he’s not trying to achieve the same things you are.

The same is true in triathlon.

Standing in transition, it’s easy to compare all the gear on show. Some people have expensive runners, some people have bikes that look more like spaceships, or weigh less than the pair of runners. But just like the pictures from the beach in Mexico, the people with expensive equipment aren’t trying to achieve the same things you are.

Sure, we’re racing each other, but ultimately we’re racing ourselves. It’s easy to get roped into trying to catch the competitor who’s been 100-metres ahead of you all day, but that small extra effort may be what completely ruins your whole race. Worse, by sticking to your own pace, you might have eventually passed her anyway!

Remember: Your goals are as unique as your fingerprint.

So, stay in your lane. Pace yourself. Aim to achieve your goals rather than someone else’s. And above all else: believe in yourself!

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