For those who watched the race of female triathlon in the Olympics, could give one of the most complex and exciting mind games of recent times ever!
The scene of the race in zig zag and right with speed variation to trash talk between American Gwen Jorgensen (current world champion) and then defending Olympic gold Nicola Spirig who left the most exciting race yet.
But what really happened?
In an interview with magazine triathlete from Canada, they reported what they talked in the race. Spirig was tired of doing most of the strength in the race, as she led much of the cycling, while Jorgensen was resting on the back of the pack.
So when the wind began to confront the athletes in the race, Gwen Jorgensen stood behind Nicola Spirig. It was then that the Swiss Spirig turns and releases the verb saying that she already had the Olympic gold, and therefore who should be doing the strength to win the race should be the American Gwen.
Why then the Swiss Nicola decided not to stand behind the peloton in cycling and enjoy to rest too?
One of the wonders of high-level sport are endless tactical possibilities that these athletes have to handle a race in all respects.
Probably knowing the force that American Gwen Jorgensen has in the race, Spirig tries to seek the imbalance of his rival by forcing all the time cycling. Obviously, she expected some kind of rotation in the lead so she could also go to the race more relaxed, but when you’re a champion, you can not depend on other rivals. And knowing that no one there could probably pull the race as she, Spirig spared no effort.
Therefore, we observe that each athlete has his character and philosophy of proof.
There are athletes who use the clear benefit of the rules (in this case, the vacuum part of cycling) to rest for the final part, which is the case of Gwen Jorgensen, and that in fact has earned him many titles.
As well as there are athletes Nicola Spirig, who just like to push all the time and risk with this, even their result in the competition.
This last feature has become very famous with the legendary runner Steve Prefontaine. One of his most famous phrases says nobody ever win a 5,000m race comfortably running the first four kilometers. A spirit of competitiveness that goes against the so-called tactical race, where athletes run comfortably until the time of attack, as the last or penultimate lap.
Prefontaine was a nonconformist with the idea that you could win a race with a mediocre effort, and that a superhuman effort could not mean a victory. Winning a race does not necessarily mean giving its maximum from start to finish.
So the next time you compete, ask yourself:
I’m here to stay in my best position possible or to give my maximum from start to finish?
And when answering this question, consider what really will satisfy you as an athlete: a position on the podium, or the feeling of having given everything you can at that time!