Admit Your Weaknesses

Admit Your Weaknesses

It’s time to admit it. Running is my biggest weakness in triathlon.

I’m 30 years old. I started swimming competitively when I was 5 and continued doing so until I was 18. I started running cross country when I was 12 and continued doing so until I was 18 (As an aside, my method of training as a 7th grader was to run as hard as I could every time I ran, usually until I puked). I ran a few marathons in college after that. I didn’t start cycling until I was 23, as I was picking up triathlon. Naturally, when I started triathlon, I assumed that cycling was my weakness because I simply had no experience in it.

Seven years ago, it may have been true that cycling was my biggest weakness in triathlon. But that is no longer the case and it’s time I admit that.

Looking at my results from this year:

Race Cumulative Place Individual Split
Swim Bike Run Swim Bike Run
Ironman Arizona 14 19 36 14 26 58
Ironman Santa Cruz 70.3 12 12 16 12 15 24
Oakland Triathlon (overall, not AG) 3 1 1 3 1 5
HITS Napa 70.3 (overall, not AG) 8 5 6 8 7 11

The data is clear: my run is the weakest of the three sports, as compared to other triathletes. “But I have 10 more years of experience in running!” Good for you, Andrew! Now you can either explain that to all the people passing you on the run, or you can train so that they don’t.

Luckily in this case, my run competitor was in a different race (the duathlon)!
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Andrew Sellergren