The Importance of Confidence (and reality)


Posted by Coach Allen Stanfield


Confidence is an important component of a successful race day experience. While there are numerous variables that contribute to success with training and racing, reflecting on these questions can help you stand at the start line with a clear head and confident thoughts:

Are you a confident triathlete? 
Confidence means knowing you are prepared and ready to perform at your current fitness level. 

Do you believe in your abilities? 
Pull that belief from past racing, previously attained goals, current training, and positive self-talk.

Do you have an honest assessment of what you are capable of?
“Success” in triathlon is often difficult for athletes to measure.  Realistic and grounded expectations make this possible. Talk with your coach, look at your training, review past met and unmet goals to assess what can be viewed as “success.”

Where does confidence and reality come from?
While we build confidence from good experiences, it’s important to stay open-minded about the confidence-building that can come from negative race experiences. Whether it’s coming away from a race with information to address in training or successfully battling through an unexpected mechanical, there is always valuable information to be gained that can contribute to future race day confidence. 

My excitement is building this weekend as I prepare to watch a number of my athletes make their 2016 debut.  Personally I’m preparing to kick off the multisport season as I’ve done each of the past 5 years with a local sprint tri - Traditions Triathlon - filled with friends and Team MPI athletes.

As a Coach I love having athletes perform in this environment because I’m aware of all the details, and I know exactly what they encountered. Here is to each athlete hitting the starting line with confidence and a performance to grow from throughout the 2016 season!

~ Coach Allen Stanfield

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