Making the decision to Pull the Plug On A Race is never an easy one. Presumably, you’ve signed up, trained, told all your friends, and mentally committed etc however there may come a time when it’s necessary to “Do Not Start” (DNS). How do you know when it’s time to Pull The Plug?
I’ve really struggled the past few weeks with my decision about my tri race this weekend. I have shared quite a bit about my passion for tri training and how much I love how it makes me feel both mentally and physically. I’ve done 2 sprint tri races this summer already and have the Iron Girl triathlon on my schedule for Sunday.
To make a long story short, my regular life has gotten in the way. After looking for a long while, we found a new house that we love and we are moving in September. As you may know, this whole process requires so much time, and mental stress.I have been completely absorbed with getting our current house in order to sell and working on all of the stuff for the new house. I’ve been so stressed and over whelmed that I don’t have it in me to race this weekend. Mentally, I am just not there. Fortunately, our new house is a good thing that I am really excited about moving but right now I just can’t focus on doing this race.
I wrestled with the decision and even felt guilty that I was letting my friends down. I know it’s the right decision for me now to Pull the plug on the race and DNS. There is always another race to do.
Knowing When To Pull The Plug on a Race
I made this mistake once before by doing a half race with very severe shin splints. I earned myself a stress fracture that day. If you are wondering whether your injury is severe enough to back out of a race it probably is.
Not Enjoying it
Presumably training for a race is supposed to be something you enjoy. If you are feeling like the training is a chore and you are not enjoying it, perhaps it’s time to rethink it.
Race day is nearing and well lots of those training runs just didn’t happen as planned. Depending on the distance of the race and your over all fitness level, it might be the right decision to pull out.
Well when you entered the lottery or signed up back in January for a fall race it sure seemed like a great idea at the time. Weddings, kid stuff, work travel, things come up and the timing might not be so great anymore.
Life gets in the way
This is where I am right now. Leaving to go on a racecation/triathlon weekend just does not seem like the right thing to do right now. Life happens and races will always be there.
Tell me, have you ever #DNS for a race?
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