I admit, when I see posts about others accomplishments in racing, it makes me a little jealous and A LOT envious.
Ginny posted about an EPIC race (HERE)... first female overall. Tonia recently posted about her top finish (HERE). A local guy in my Tri club posted a race recap (HERE) where he said something that REALLY caught my attention: "Inaugural year".... his first year in competing in Tris he did Olympics, an Ironman and a Half Ironman (although the swim was cancelled due to unsafe conditions)... his FIRST year.
My first year, this year, I *only* did: 1 Sprint and 1 Olympic. And while the Olympic was pretty cool, I felt good about my finish, there was definitely room for improvement. And reading other race reports makes me BELIEVE that I can improve... obviously, I didn't just sign up for a HIM because I believed I would suck. I BELIEVE I can train adequately and compete. No, I won't win AG... but I can compete against the most competitive person I know... ME!
And when I compare myself to you, it isn't that I am being negative about my abilities, it is more that I see so much potential in me. Your races, your places, your goals achieved - pump me up. I feel that I can and WILL be successful! It makes me believe that I TOO can compete in the same fashion. I may not have the same result (it could be even better ;-)), but my goal is the same intensity, to feel the same way you did in your race report.
RACE on, my friends!