It's as simple as that. I think I've always known that but it's only since my return to triathlon in 2010 after 12 years away that I took note of it because I am now only doing 2 or 3 races a year. I need the pressure of racing in order to remind myself why I'm training. I usually get to a particular level of fitness then only want to play (MTB, paddle, short sharp rides, etc) because it's more fun when you're really fit, but when you're playing and not training your fitness declines rather rapidly; as has been the case over the last 4 weeks for me!
So I plan to use tomorrow three ways:
-as an assessment of where my fitness currently lies;
-to utilise the improvements I've made in technique this year; and
-to play with each sport: to feel good in each discipline and race the way I did when I was 16: for the fun of it.
After this there are about 12 weeks until Shep 70.3 so I'll know what I have to improve on and I'll make sure I throw some races in there, no matter how small, to keep me excited.