Its race day.
We’ve all been working hard for 24 weeks. To put that into perspective, to train for an Ironman, most people train for 16 weeks.
And my athletes have trained 2 months longer than that before their first race.
You can imagine the excitement, and of course, the questions that come with the unknown.
Was all the hard work worth the improvement?
Did we train the correct way?
Did we build the right connections?
Did we leave anything out?
My message to my athletes (if you are reading this you’ll hear it again) is this…
Our goal, is to beat up on the old versions of ourselves, including me as coach. That is, we are looking for progress. Progression of character, of physicality, of mental toughness, of technique, of confidence. We will make mistakes. We will not be perfect. We also will not settle for the good or the bad. “Today is a good day to die.” What does that mean to you? To me, it means 100% commitment to the objective and our objective is to care enough to take a chance on ourselves. I mean, no one is going to believe in you more than yourself. Well, there might be others but, don’t hold your breath waiting for them to save you because even if they’re there, you still have to realize it and act on it to achieve what you’ve set out to do. We will have more chances to improve and consider this,
“How we are in the future will be founded on how we behave today.” – Jimmy Murphy Manager of Manchester United F.C.
Ain’t that the truth…it’s all about how you carry yourself.