- Well Day 2 in the Rockies = a success! Slept in as much as I could that meant 6:30am wakeup--I guess I'm still on FL time. The Timlin crew and I went to the "She Rox" tri in Aurora to cheer on Dawn, Lynn and Robyn. They did awesome and definitely rocked it! It was fun for me to be on the spectator side of things. It doesn't happen all that often. I'm usually the one waking up at 3:30am, getting to the race site, setting up transition and getting ready to put the hammer down. But today I got to enjoy it from the other side and offer encouragement to the couple hundred women participating in the event. That was fun and a good change of pace for me. And to brag on Dawn--she finished 13th overall, 3rd in her age group and still had energy to go back out on the course and cheer on some of her friends to the finish line. She's a stud. Yes, I hope to be as go-getter as she is in 20 yrs! And kudos to Miss Lynn for finishing her first tri! Next up for these ladies: Boulder 70.3. Yep, they are studly mommas!
- After the tri I enjoyed talking baseball and sport with Mr Mike. I got to pick his brain about mental preparation and his career in the majors. How cool is it when you can talk to a 4-time World Series champ about visualization, getting in the zone, influencing others through sport and using your skills to glorify God? That's priceless right there! And like many athletes and most people out there, his career wasn't without it's ups and downs. But as the mantra goes, it doesn't matter if you get knocked down. It's about whether you get back up.
- I find myself reflecting on the past year. One year ago as I was preparing to come out to the Olympic Training Center for the USAT select camp I got a stress fracture. I went from doing long runs, lifting weights, biking hard and swimming miles upon miles to being in a boot and on crutches. Talk about demoralizing. Here I am so excited about going to CO, training with amazing athletes and coaches and then I'm crippled? What the heck? That's not in my training plan. I was knocked down and had to take some time to process through the heartache of not being able to go. But now look--a year later here I am in Colorado preparing for camp at the OTC. Also in the past year I broke a rib in a bike crash and had my head stapled from splitting it open. Who would've thought I'd be at the OTC now?
- Lesson: everyone gets knocked down. BUT it's your decision whether to stay down or get back up. What will you do when setbacks come your way? The ball is in your court. Life is what you make it. Stay down, wallow in self pity, put your dreams on the shelf and live a settled, mediocre, safe life. OR get up, dust yourself off, re-evaluate the track you're on, get a game plan together, surround yourself with cheerleaders to spur you on and live life with a capital 'L'. Nobody said it would be easy. If pursuing your dreams were easy, everybody would do it. Fact is there is success, failure, risk, laughs, tears, sweat, hard work and uncertainty along the way. But oh, is it worth it when you know you're doing what you were made to do.
What's your passion? What's your purpose? Why are you here?
Only you can be YOU. As Judy Garland once said:
Always be a first-rate version of yourself
versus a second-rate version of someone else.
- So after lunch, a movie, an afternoon nap on the porch in the cool Colorado breeze, walking the dog, buffalo burgers and chilling, it's time for bed. Anther day in the life of Nat. You might be asking, what training did you do today? The answer: not much! Yes, it was a day off for me and it's been a long time coming! Between racing and training like a beast, I haven't had a day off in a while. I enjoyed it! As I'm learning, recovery is as important as training. It's an essential ingredient to training. I can run for miles and do brick workouts and train and train, but it's in the recovery--rest and nutrition that the muscles are able to repair themselves and rebuild stronger then they were before. Remember to recover properly! It's an essential ingredient to success and I believe a good life principle!