People often ask me, how have you gotten so far in triathlon? Well, there are a lot of contributing factors, but a big one = attitude. And I would say this is something that has led to not only athletic growth, but also professional success.
But how does this play out on a day-to-day basis? Well, last Saturday I found myself about a third of the way into my 55 mile long ride, cursing as I made my way into what felt like a brick wall – a headwind that I would be facing for at least another 20 miles. Just as I was about to dive into self-pity mode, I remembered Coach Greg’s words, “pray for wind.” Here in South Bend, IN, we don’t quite have topography. Some rollers maybe, but definitely no hills of significance. And forget mountains! But that wind, it can be a secret weapon, a tool to gain both physical and mental strength… if embraced.
I couldn’t help but think of that saying - “pray for wind” - as we talk about building my swim. I’m bringing my splits down week by week, but it’s a slow and at times, frustrating process. That being said, if it was easy, everyone would do it!
Same goes with being a professional athlete and striving to race at the top. With each challenge, each ride into the wind, I have faith that persevering through the hardest moments – both mental and physical – are the ones that make us the strongest come race day.
The other great thing about wind? It keeps you humble. I still have a longggg way to go to be where I want to be, so I continue to give it my all each day… and to pray for wind!