Thinking positive has always been hard for me but I am trying ... I really am.
Today's message from Summer was a good one (they always are):
Human successes, like human failures, are composed of one action at a time and achieved by one person at a time. So Swim, then Bike, then Run.
It's all about moving forward. Taking it one step at a time and not thinking ahead. The swim comes first, so concentrate on that .... mentally prepare yourself .... think through the swim ... imagine every stroke ... see yourself coming out of the water with fresh legs ....
Imagery can be helpful ...
I worked on that during last weekends ride. The bridges were daunting, but I refused to allow myself to think I would not get up them. When Jennifer was in doubt, I told her she WOULD get up that bridge ... there is no "if" or "but". Hit the crest, gear down (bit not all the way so you have gears to move to), focus your vision on the top of the hill, and don't stop peddling until you get to the top. Yes it hurts. Your legs will be screaming at you. But KEEP moving. Think about how good it is going to feel to hit the crest and fly down the other side of it.
My run sucks. That is not negative thinking. I know it going in I am going to have problems on the run ... but you know what? The hell with it .... walk it until I can run ... then run/walk the best I can. It is what it is at this point, so deal with it as best as you can and put forth 100% effort (I HATE it when people say to give "110%". You can ONLY give 100%.). As long as I know I left everything out on the course and I gave it my best shot, then I can't ask for anything more. Take what it is, add the experience to my tool belt for the next race, and move on, adjusting my training accordingly.
That's all I can do right?