To this day, I still love the race experience. I believe this is the main reason why I continue to train and race as a triathlete. Although the training is very challenging on the body and mind and it is never easy to put in the work, day in and day out when there are so many distractions and excuses to "not train today", I always remind myself of the upcoming race experience. Feeling prepared for a race is a great feeling and I find myself enjoying the race experience so much more when I can look back at all the hard work behind me.
Although race-cations are not inexpensive, the race experience brings so much value to my life. The race experience keeps me motivated and excited to train and race. I often ask myself why I continue to train and race after so many years of being a competitive athlete (swimmer, turned runner, turned triathlete) and the "race experience" is what keeps me going. This is the main reason why I choose race-cations. Every race-cation provides me with a unique race experience to see new sights, to experience a new community and to meet new people. The race experience makes me excited to train because come race week, I get to travel to a different location. And even if I have been to the location before, it still get excited to return to a venue that is beautiful and familiar. And unlike my competitive swimming days, now I get to choose the race location where we/I race and I get to share the experience with Karel (and often with my Trimarni athletes/teammates).
St. George.....here we come!!