A DNS of Sorts: Shifting Focus from the Trifecta Goal (ToL)

It’s Thursday again and that means it’s time for Thinking Out Loud with Amanda from Spoons. 

It seems as if the Spartan Trifecta just isn’t meant to be for me. In 2014 when I first heard of it, I was struggling without a reliable vehicle in which to travel to races, so I didn’t really concern myself with how to achieve the trifecta. In 2015, I was registered for two sprints and actively looking for a Super and Beast with which to complete the trifecta, but it turned out that the only Supers in my area all happened to fall on wedding dates of my friends. So I resigned myself to waiting until 2016. As 2016 began, it wasn’t even clear that I was going to do my Spartan Trifecta, but then Ali hosted a giveaway on her blog and I won a free Spartan race entry. Spartan race released sprint and super dates in Florida. It seemed as if all the pieces were coming together and I was finally registered for my first trifecta. 

Alas it was too good to be true. Yesterday, one week out from the Spartan Sprint I’d scheduled to be part 1 of my trifecta bid, we heard it was cancelled. Cancelled due to the impending forces of Hurricane Matthew, which is headed right over the area the sprint was supposed to be held. 

I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about all of this. At first I was angry. Not at Spartan because they can’t control the weather. But just angry in general that something I really want keeps getting taken away from me. Then I was upset that I felt I had spent money and time scheduling other races based on my trifecta that no longer applies to my situation. For example, I had long been debating whether to use my free entry on a Spartan for this year or hold off and register for 2017 with it. I ultimately decided to register for the South Carolina Spartan Beast with it, assuming that was the final piece I’d need for my trifecta. And it would have been before Matthew decided he was going to visit south/east Florida. So then I was upset at the “wasted” use of my free entry. Finally I was just sad that it’s something completely out of my control. I can’t control the weather and neither can Spartan. I know they made the best decision based on the circumstances and that it would have been dangerous to continue to hold the event. But now this means that I won’t get my trifecta this year…and possibly not even next year either. Next year my spring season already has several major races scheduled, and its probably not going to work out in my favor to try and fit three spartan races into my already filling up schedule. 

So what does this mean for me? If I have to be honest, I’ve been thinking for some time about shifting my focus from the OCR world to different pursuits. As much as I love OCR, a lot of the events have become a bit mundane. Spartan hasn’t introduced new obstacles in several years, although I heard they were doing so recently at their Championship event in Tahoe. Battlefrog just closed their doors for the foreseeable future. That left me with Savage Race (always good), Tough Mudder (which I love but they don’t have a lot of Florida events), Warrior Dash (not worth it), Bonefrog (some kinks need to be worked out but it has potential), and potentially Terrain race, although we aren’t really sure what’s going on with that one. A lot of these events are also happening in conflict with other events I had already signed up for in the spring. So my spring is filled with a lot of road races and not so much mud. 

After thinking about it for some time, I came to the conclusion that I don’t think I mind all that much. Despite my love for OCR, it’s always good to switch things up a bit and I think I need a break from it for a while. My goals for next spring include a half marathon PR, the Gasparilla challenge, my first ever Ragnar Relay and my first triathlon. I’m experimenting with a lot of new events and pursuits. Adding in another attempt at a trifecta just isn’t in the cards for me right now. I’m not saying it will never happen…but it’s probably not going to happen until at least 2018. I’m also not sure I’ve come to peace with this yet. I’m still pretty disappointed about it. Sometimes, though, you have to pick and choose what goals are more important to you. At this point in time, my non-OCR goals are taking precedent over my OCR racing. 

How have you had to change your goal focus over time? Has anything ever happened that forced you to change your mindset about something that was once very important to you? 

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2 thoughts on “A DNS of Sorts: Shifting Focus from the Trifecta Goal (ToL)”

    1. Thank you! It was a hard pill to swallow. I’m still trying to find a way to add the last piece in this year. Not sure if it’ll work or not, but at least I’m trying.

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