If I had a dollar for every single triathlete out there that mentioned “Sub10” I’d be doing ok, actually if I expand that to “The Subs” and by that I mean going sub any hour bracket the dollars are starting to add up.
Triathletes are goal driven and the main recurring goals I see as a coach are going sub? or getting to kona. I know this because they were also two of my major goals at one point in time. I had an unquenchable desire to get to Kona and at the same time to go sub10. For me I had to be going sub10 to have any chance to be one of those 1800 ‘lucky’ athletes bobbing up and down in Kialua Bay just off Dig Me Beach waiting for the cannon to go BOOM on race day in October.
In fact, when I did go sub10 for the first time and well inside sub10, I still missed out (last spot got take by a fellow who sprinted past me in the finish chute.. 6 seconds, yes… ouch) and then when I went sub9- can you believe I needed a roll down! Welcome to racing in the competitive age group fields in Australia.
Could the ‘Sub’ Be The Thing That Is Holding You Back?
You might now be thinking, what the hell is Kristian on about. Has he lost his marbles thinking that a three letter word could be the thing that is stopping me going Sub “insert the hour you desperately want to go under” and achieving my goals?
No, you can rest assured I am still arguably sane.
See here is my thought processes on breaking your goal hour barrier.
You’re putting it out there into the ether and too anyone that will listen to you that you’re going to go sub “insert goal hour” and that you’re training the house down and literally in the best shape of you life. But lets look at the amount of athletes that come oh so close to those hour marks.
Just recently in Kona, my 65 year young athlete Karla McKinlay went 14:01:38 and one of her goals was to break 14 hours (maybe I let her down on this one), then all you need to do is look at the stats at any Ironman race of each hour bracket to see the numerous athletes that are < 2 minutes from breaking that particular hour barrier.
Before I went 9:37 my race 5 weeks before I went very low 10 hours, I have had multiples of athletes right on the hour barriers, seconds even or like 10:00:00 on the clock for some unlucky fellow recently in Kona. It may only be one second, but I bet he’d be much much happier seeing 9:59:59!
Charlotte, before her ‘retirement’ went 09:00:50 yes ouch and I know deep down she would have loved 8:59:xx and I so wish she had.
You get the point.
So where am I going with all of this?
The SIMPLE fact of the matter is that you’re still thinking of the number (insert goal hour you want to break) and on a subconscious level this could be exactly what is sabotaging your ability to break that number.
An example. You want to break 10 hours, and like everyone else you’re thinking sub 10. The problem is (my theory) that your mind whether you know it or not is still thinking 10 when it should be thinking, seeing, believing 9:xx:xx.
See the difference?
That tiny, seemingly inconsequential thought process could we be what is stopping you from hitting your target.
Solution: Think of yourself as a 9 hour athlete, a 10 hour athlete, an 11 hour athlete, or whatever hour braket it is you’re aiming for and then your mind is set on seeing that time when you cross the line.
Quite simply as silly as this sound’s it works. On your next session be like a metronome saying to yourself over and over “I am a (enter desired hour bracket) athlete”. I can’t tell you the amount of laps I did around Centennial Park in Sydney telling myself over and over that I was a 9 hour athlete. 5 weeks of consistently doing that and BOOM 9:37.
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