Athletes & Perseverance
The Sea Otter Classic, all that is things bikes was last weekend. If you’ve never been there, I would suggest you add this to your list of destination races! Thousands of athletes participating in anything from BMX, Downhill, Road Racing, Mountain biking; plus all the vendors with the newest toys of the season gather together in Monterey, CA for 4 days in what’s one of the biggest cycling events in the country. Yes, we triathletes are still welcome!
I have to say, I’ve been doing this race for over a decade and it never gets old. The atmosphere and energy you feel walking around the vendor area to the unpredictable weather on race day (this year was a perfect sunny day!) to the refreshing post race beer; it’s a race I’ll hold closely for many years.
That said, it’s been over 10 years and can say I’ve only been on the podium once for a 3rd place finish in 2006. I upgraded to Cat 2 the following year and have been inching my way back to the podium finishing 6th this year; best finish since 2006!
Yep, despite not always doing so great in this race I always view it as the big one year after year, and continue to come back for more. So what is it then that inspires us to keep at it? Whether you are shooting for that top step of the podium or trying to train for your first race, there are inevitable going to be obstacles getting in your way. Injuries, sickness, soreness, time commitments, defeats… if it were easy everyone would be doing it!
Perseverance is staying focused to your goals and not giving up even when the hurdles get in the way.
First things first, you need to set your goals. Next step is to add an emotional attachment to those goals; people who have goals with no emotional attachment to them don’t usually accomplish said goals. It just doesn’t mean anything to them. For example, most people know that eating healthy and exercising 30 min a day is good for them, but how many actually do it? Instead they spend countless hours eating chips while sitting on the couch watching TV. Now, take that same person – someone who was just diagnosed with diabetes, obesity and a near heart attack (yep going all out here); now has the emotional attachment that if they don’t eat healthy and workout, they are risking their lives and leaving their loved ones behind. Maybe now that person can find the motivation to workout.
So, you have your goals, you have the emotional attachment, and shit life gets in your way. Now what? You need to find that perseverance, that motivation to look adversity in the eye and not let anything get in your in your way.
- Practice, practice and practice some more learning from your mistakes.
- Never let someone tell you you can’t do something (ooohhh that fires me up!).
- When you think you ran out of solutions; think outside the box, find a way around it.
- Never give up. Not just throwing in the towel, but always give 100% regardless of how your feeling. If you always give your best, then there’s no regrets.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
The more you persevere though the hard times, the more confident you will become as an athlete and one day accomplish the goals you set out for yourself.