"Nowadays I read more and more from social media how people are upset and losing motivation to train because they can't train how they want or are used to, or their competitions have been cancelled. Only thing I want to ask is: what the heck? Why…? What's wrong with you? You are an amazing and strong athlete, one or two postponed/cancelled competitions doesn't define you in any way."
When I started to write my first blog post for Tri Sirena my original plan was to write about my journey to Challenge Championship. The post was supposed to talk about how sometimes it's better to let your dreams go and they will come back to you when time is right.
Long story short: I really wanted to race in Challenge Turku and had all plans done to do so…until my best friend handed me over her wedding invitation, which was held the same weekend as Challenge Turku. Yeah, of course you can do both but if the events take place in different countries and there is sea between them, then things get more complicated. As it seemed impossible to do both, it was much more important for me to go to my friend's wedding. As there wasn’t another middle distance race near to my home this time of the year to choose from, I decided to just enjoy training and do some short distance races.
When the wedding was coming closer I couldn’t get the idea of racing in Turku off my head, I hadn’t done any real preparation for middle distance race but I really wanted to race. So after some serious thinking and planning with my boyfriend we made up a plan and got the logistics right so we could do both. AND IT REALLY WORKED! The wedding was amazing, country styled and held in the middle of nowhere surrounded only by rye fields. The race was equally fun in the pouring rain…And most of all I qualified for the Challenge Championship in Samorin! I had a little dream to compete there but I knew I couldn't underestimate the competition. Therefore, after qualifying, I was a girl with a plan and lot of motivation to make the next season the best one and until now that plan has worked.
…And now to today, where we all can say hello to COVID-19. It doesn’t matter if you live in USA, Paris, China or Estonia the virus is affecting all of our lives - gyms, pools, etc. are closed, public gatherings are prohibited in some countries, and most of all they are CANCELLING competitions all over the world. And this might also happen to my competition that I have trained so hard for…
Nowadays I read more and more from social media how people are upset and losing motivation to train because they can't train how they want or are used to, or their competitions have been cancelled. Only thing I want to ask is: what the heck? Why…? What's wrong with you? You are an amazing and strong athlete, one or two postponed/cancelled competitions doesn’t define you in any way. It's not important how much we race but why we race – because we love to tri! It doesn't matter if we race just for fun or if we are result oriented, pushing limits type of athlete - we are all athletes. No closed gym or pool can stop us from doing what we love, we can still go out for a run or cycling, we can do yoga or strength training at home and have fun while doing it. There will always be another race to take part in...No race is worth risking your health for it.
I joined the Tri Sirena team because I love the mission that they have: raising awareness and also reducing the skin cancer risk by producing great looking apparel. I love that they have a serious message but at the same time they know how to have fun while spreading it. I think our missions as luminaries or just athletes should be telling and showing people that first comes our health and staying protected and then all the rest (read fun)…no matter if we are talking about cancer, viruses etc.
So take the most of the situation we are forced into, enjoy your time with family, try to exercise as much as you can and stay protected! When the threat passes we are going to kick butt and be even better, faster and stronger for our next race.
Remember tough times don't last but tough people do!
Written By: Kaisa Poller, Tri Sirena Siren Luminary
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