Yesterday marathon was a new experience for me. As I write this post, my legs are naturally aching although not as badly as it used to after a marathon or Ironman triathlon. Here are some lessons acquired from training for this grueling race.
1) Train beyond what you are used to (over-distance and long slow distance training are integral to your success).
2) Stick to your plan (with determination, persistence, tenacity and patience).
3) Nutrition matters so eat and drink adequately.
4) Take time to experience the moment (including vomiting your precious Power-Gels).
5) Be aware of your environment (if you are not, you are fatigued or not feeling well).
6) Stop if you have to (a transition break between marathons is useful; eat, drink, change your socks, and take stock of your current state).
7) If you are injured, check it (in).
8) Enjoy the finish (that’s what a race is about – plus the medal, finisher t-shirt, and photo-opportunity).
9) Thank those who made it happen (family, coach, training buddies).
10) Move forward, and leave your disappointments behind.
I hope that you will enjoy the fruits of your labour. Triathlon is merely a metaphor for leadership.