Updated: May 14
How to deal with the uncertainty of racing this year. Unfortunately, across much of Europe and the Uk, a giant question-mark has returned to hang over the 2021 triathlon season. Will racing happen? Where will it happen? Will it be realistic to travel to races that are planned in other lower-restriction locations? Will vaccination passports be needed? These are a lot of unknowns to deal with, even if we’ve been through some or all of it all before.
Given this situation, I think the best response at the moment is to accept the lack of certainty. Nothing you do, on the bike trainer or otherwise, is going to change your ability to have a normal race season. That decision is out of your hands right now. Once we accept this lack of control over our race season, we can spend our energy figuring out what we want to do with our fitness this summer instead of tying ourselves in knots in order to try to make a race happen.
For some of you, this might mean releasing the idea of racing entirely and shifting to other priorities and goals. For others it might mean getting heavily invested in local races that you wouldn't normally consider.
We can also use the energy that we might use planning and preparing for races to control what we can control. In addition to finding goals that excite you this summer, this can mean working on the process of training for a triathlon. Do you have a weakness that you want to work on? Has strength training or flexibility been something that you always struggle with? Do you want to work on establishing good recovery practices? These are all elements of being a triathlete over which you can have significant control.
Overall, find what excites you about being a triathlete, accept where you lack control, and control what you can. I believe that this is the best way to move forward in these times and will help you keep your passions burning for triathlon and ready to resume full participation when that is possible.
Sisu Racing Triathlon Coach