Last night I registered for my first race of the new training season. I had mentioned previously that I think my weakness in races is mental strength and that racing more often may be good for me. In sports psychology the
Need Achievement Theory
states that athletes are motivated either to achieve success or to avoid failure. I am very guilty of the latter in my own racing history. The theory asserts that when the tendency to avoid failure is greater than the tendency to succeed, maximum motivation occurs when the outcome of the event is almost 100% certain. Like beating a much weaker opponent or getting crushed by a much stronger one. There isn't much chance of looking bad because losing to a better athlete is expected. When you face a more equal opponent though, motivation should decline because then the loss looks more like a failure because you actually had a legitimate shot at winning.
On the other hand, when the urge to "achieve success" surpasses the urge to "avoid failure," it is predicted that the greatest motivation occurs in highly competitive situations where the outcome is uncertain due to more similar ability levels. These athletes get more satisfaction from pursuing success without worrying about the possibility of failure- something I have never been able to do. You may have heard of "the fear of success".. these athlete don't have it.. They may actually become bored against much weaker opponents, or lose motivation when there is little chance of winning, but when the battle heats up, these are the real competitors. This is where I want to be.
Next weekend (the 13th) I am racing the Horsetooth Half Marathon. Then the following weekend I am racing 25 miles as part of the Desert Rats Running Festival in Fruita. This should be fun as Jo and I will be camping out in the desert with Ben for a couple of days. Ben has camped maybe 10 times starting when he was just a few months old.. he loves the outdoors.
3:05 looks like the course record for the 25 mile.. 7:24 pace on single track trails with 4000 feet of climbing.. no problem ;)
I also weighed myself yesterday on an accurate scale.. 145 pounds. Lighter than I had expected. Below is a sample of what my diet has been like lately. Beth and James inspired these pics ;)
Vegetables for juicing.. this is my breakfast.
And the juice.. quite GREEN!