Saturday night I attended a season kick off party for the Salt Lake Tri Club. I was not a member, at the time, but they were having Julie Moss and Kathleen McCartney come and speak, and I wanted to go. Trying to talk the IronSherpa into coming wasn't happening, so I took Joshua, my 11 year old, with me.
They were so good, I don't know where to begin! I really loved how they both stressed that success comes from within and everyone has an inner champion, regardless of how you finish a race. A few things they said stood out...
"It was never a question in my mind IF I would finish. I just knew I would, no doubt."
"When I crossed that finish line, even though I crawled, I found an inner strength that wasn't there before. A life changing inner strength."
These are amazing to me and exactly what I needed to hear while training for my first IM. I have wondered at times, "What if I can't finish?" " What if I don't have enough?" Now I know I just need to change that mindset to not IF, but HOW and WHEN.
Joshua honestly went along for the food initially, but he ended up enjoying it. I was surprised that he paid attention the whole time and was glad he went. I asked him what he got out of it and he said, "That you have to work hard to make good things happen." Exactly!
I ended up joining SLTC. The discounts alone will more than pay for the membership of $25 for the year. Plus, I got a cool swag bag with a t-shirt, water bottle and swim cap. It still doesn't cease to amaze me what us athletes will do for a t-shirt :)
This was a great way to start Week 7 of training. Crap is getting real! Happy training and racing!