What’s Your Time?! {Enough With the Excuses}

Inevitably, after a race someone will approach you and ask the all-too-common question: “What was your time?”

There are usually four reasons people ask this:

1. They genuinely care about how you did and want to show that they care by asking

2. They’re trying to make idle post-race conversation.

3. They know that they did better than you and are asking you for your time so you ask for theirs afterwards.

4. They’re trying to calculate your splits to see how you did.

It’s tempting to let this get to you – or to go down the road of making excuses-

I’m injured.
My nutrition wasn’t right.
I wasn’t having a good day.
I biked so much better the other day.
I didn’t train.
My swim was awful.
My run splits weren’t my best.

…And the list goes on. It’s super-tempting to go down this road {and don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to talk about the logistics of your race with friends or family, but there’s a fine line between that and becoming super negative}.

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past 10 years in the swim, bike, and run world, it’s that going down this road of excuses isn’t worth it. We’ve all been there and given them, but it makes things a lot more enjoyable if you stray away from it.

If someone asks the inevitable “What was your time?” question and you didn’t do your best {for whatever reason}, take a breath. Either be honest and say that it wasn’t your best or make a joke about it.

There’s always another race. Excuses aren’t worth it. Your time is your time. Embrace it. 🙂



After races ranging from sprints to Ironman, my family encourages each other- and we try not to make excuses about our times 🙂

Tri Hard,


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