I covered a lot of ground today! Started with 8+ mile tempo run (some aerobic and some get up and go) followed by a short bike ride to loosen the legs. Then breakfast, deep tissue massage, packing, lunch, laundry, 3mi swim, snack and drive to Colorado Springs. I moved from the TTC (Timlin Training Center) in Castle Rock to the LTC (Lyon’s Training Center–home of Dana & Dave) in CO Springs. Side note: Dana and Dave are both United States Air Force Academy Grads. Dana is a phenomenal athlete. She throws the javelin for Team USA and is training for next year’s Olympic Trials. She has an amazing testimony of setback coupled with victory. Watch for her in the coming year.
But before I got to LTC, I had a great day with the Timlin crew. I got to pick Mike’s brain again and learn from his experiences playing ball. He shared with me the importance of visualization and positive self talk. I’ve heard this before, but it sure helps when you hear it from someone who has been through the ringer and experienced it first hand. Here is a guy who played almost 20 years in MLB and has 4 World Series rings to his name and here he is sharing with me what separates good athletes from great ones. Am I blessed or what?
On top of visualization & self talk, he shared with me the importance of being patient, working hard, and having confidence in your own abilities while helping others along the way too. I found this last concept to be true in my career early on. When I was younger I viewed success as a zero-sum equation. If Sally Sue had 60% success then there was only 40% left over for me. I didn’t see how two people could both succeed. I didn’t understand that we each have a separate, unique set of gifts and talents. Sally Sue can give her ultimate best while I give my ultimate as well. In the end we can BOTH succeed–this applies to the game of Life, not just in sports.
When I was younger I also lived and swam to the mantra: “Trample the weak, hurdle the dead.” If this is your life mantra at 15 years old, Houston we have a problem!!! And I did. I wanted to do everything in my power to achieve my goals even if that meant running people over in the process. It took time and some lessons in the school of hard knocks for me to learn that that way of living was unfulfilling and fleeting. Even if I did accomplish some of my goals (and I did), I wouldn’t be fulfilled at the end of the day and I’d be pretty lonely too.
So when Mike shared with me one of his keys to success: help others along the way–it reminded me of some of my old ways and gave me a new energy and determination to “pay it forward” and lend a hand to those I meet along the way. Again folks, this is not a sport lesson–this is a Life lesson. The sooner we can get through our thick skulls that there’s enough success to go around and life is only worth living if we are helping to lift up others along the way, the better off and more effective we will be.
Mental training with Mike and girl talk with Dawn on the way to COS, I had a ball today. I’m sad to leave TTC, but I know we will meet again soon. Thanks to all the training chicas in Castle Rock. You moms are inspiring and encouraging to me. Keep up the good work! You rock!
Now the adventures begin in Colorado Springs. Stay tuned…