Do you want to sign up for a race but feel too overwhelmed to? Have you ever found yourself sayings “I’d love to complete a triathlon / run a marathon, but….”? You don’t have to be a new mum to feel nervous about signing up to a fun run, a new team sport or any event! Its human nature to feel uncomfortable when volunteering to put yourself in challenging situations. Logging onto the computer and signing up to an event takes courage, so here are some tips to help you feel more confident about registering for your event.
Take it in small manageable bits…
You don’t have to do an Ironman to be a triathlete! You don’t need to run a marathon to be a runner! Sometimes people feel that unless they can complete a certain distance or complete at a certain level ‘there is no point participating at all’. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you are challenging yourself, you are a successful athlete.
So you might dream of running a marathon, but taking small steps and working up to your final goal, is far better than signing yourself up for something that you are likely to find unachievable and ultimately ‘pulling out’ of altogether. If you have never run, perhaps it isn’t the best idea to sign yourself up to a marathon. Sign yourself up for a Fun Run. Or try Park Run, a free, weekly 5km run held in many parts of Australia.
Distance dos not matter! From 5 km you can build to 10, 15, 20 and so on. Starting out small will also keep you on track with your training. Meeting regular short term goals will allow you to maintain your motivation and make you more likely to achieve your bigger long term goal. Read my article “6 Empowering ways to help you conquer your goals” to learn more about goal setting and how to achieve your goals.
Join Forces – Make a team!
If you don’t feel confident in signing up to an entire event – for example a triathlon or an adventurethon, join a team. Doing 1 or 2 legs of an event within a team is a nice way to be involved without having to be capable of completing the entire event. Its a fantastic way to test yourself. You may finish the race and feel as though you’ve pushed yourself to your limits. If you finish and feel like you have something more left in the tank, you know for next time that you are ready to take on more of a challenge.
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Sign up in with a friend
Its like walking into a party as a teenager alone… If you had your best friend with you, you feel reassured and more comfortable. Doing it by yourself was totes daunting! Take on a challenge with a friend and you may feel more confident at the start line because your in it together. If your a nervous, you can be nervous together. You can also help to motivate each other with and keep each other accountable with your training leading up to the event.
Know that you will doubt yourself at some point
Having self doubt is normal. The closer the event comes, the more you may start to question your ability. Knowing that at some point you are likely to doubt yourself, and ‘normalising’ self doubt can make it easier to manage. Try these tips to help reassure yourself:
- Visualise your performance – see yourself crossing the finish line
- Remember your training – simply remind yourself that consistency and persistence will pay off. If you keep turning up to your training, you will be ok.
- Remind yourself that your only competition is with yourself. No one else in the race matters.
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Have a flexible plan
Get yourself a training plan. Stick to it as best you can, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t follow every session 100%. Allow yourself time to rest when you need to, and if injury occurs, be ready to readjust your goals. I do recommend having some structure to your training plan, so that you can track your progress and keep motivated. As a Mum its important to have time ‘reserved’ for yourself, so make a regular training ‘date’ with yourself and keep it! You deserve it! If your training plan lacks any structure there is a risk that race day sneaks up very quickly and you could be faced with a daunting situation where you are completely under prepared.
You are your only competition
Sitting at the computer, contemplating signing up to a race. Thoughts can come flooding. What if I come last? Or if I can’t finish? I will look stupid! Everybody starts somewhere. Even professionals. Someone will win, and someone will finish in the slowest time. Everyone including the elites, the amateur and the first timers will be thinking about their own race and their own performance on the day. So worry about youself, and nobody else. So be brave and click the ‘register – now’ button!
Do it for yourself, and for your children.
Sign yourself up both for yourself and for your children. Show your children that they can achieve their goals if they believe in themselves. Knowing you are leading by example can help to empower you to register for an event that you have been contemplating.
There is an old saying that “It is far better to try and fail, than fail to try”. Your life is your journey. It is up to you to make that decision to take yourself out of your comfort zone and to challenge yourself. Choose to believe in yourself and sign up for an event today! You may be very pleasantly surprised by what you can achieve if you just give it a go!
Still not convinced? Take a moment to read this article.
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