A year ago I left a bigger more successful coaching company (whom I still love, adore, admire and respect beyond what I can ever describe) to come back out on my own. As difficult as that was…. I was given wings and told to go ahead and fly again. I did not fly alone, that’s for sure. It’s been a year filled with people I would never had the opportunity to work with if I hadn’t flown on my own. I am so grateful for what these athletes have given to me this season. While it’s me who coaches them, it’s really them who teach me.
Yesterday at Ironman Maryland Paul C threw down a 9:43, just a few weeks after his 10:01 at IMMT. He missed Kona by one spot there and at IMMD he was 7th age group. We will know today if he goes to Kona.
Linda…… last night finished IMMD in 14:03. In June she was ready for IMCDA and DNF’d after the frigid swim stole her abilities to bike to her potential. The day after that painful DNF she decided she would not quit, and was not done. Last night she became an Ironman.
Linda has raised thousands of dollars for MS, as she herself has MS. She inspires me. Through this journey she has inspired so many to ask the question: what can I do to make a difference in this world? What can I do that I never thought I could? How can I raise my bar and how can I reach beyond myself?
More than anything through this past season I have become a fan of living. Paul didn’t do more than 15 or so hours a week. Dan Pierce who recently did IMMT in 9:51….. same thing. Many of my athletes don’t put in huge training volumes. We see what training load fits THEM. I don’t do across the board protocol training. Someone recently told me they won’t do an Ironman because they don’t have 30 hours to devote to training.
None of my athletes do either. But if it’s something you dream of, together we prepare you the best we can with what we have. You don’t miss family events for training. We work around it. We add stress here, recover there, build you up to be so physically and mentally strong that we let nothing get in your way once that gun goes off.
I don’t care if you do an Ironman. My long course days are done. Ironman is just the one that gets attention because it’s long. I love to coach it, don’t get me wrong……. but short course is now my home!
I care that you reach beyond yourself. Get out of your comfort zone. Stop letting other people put limits on what you want to achieve. Nothing makes me more nuts than someone with supposed authority telling another they can’t do this, or that because they are too big, too small, too this….. too that,
I call bullshit on the limit setting. ENOUGH. ENOUGH. ENOUGH.
My challenge to you today is to dream. What do you dream of? What’s that one thing you wish you could do but……
But bullshit. Get up. You can’t train at what “they say” you have to train at to accomplish the goal? Screw them. They don’t live in YOUR shoes. They don’t live YOUR life. And they don’t have YOUR heart. YOUR desire. YOUR dream.
Tweak it. Find a coach who can help you. Research it on your own and figure it out. Let no one poison you with that shit of what you can’t do.
No more waiting for the right time. No more waiting for the right day. There is no right time or right day.
Never give up. Linda DNF’d an Ironman, got herself up and did it all over again. She worked her ass off. She dealt with the pain of not finishing. She carried that with her every step of the way. But she also carried something else.
Hope and faith.
She believed in herself. She knew what she was truly capable of. And she got her damn medal. Do you know how many people told her she couldn’t?
Bullshit. Go get your medal. Whatever that medal is for you. No one gets to put a limit on your dreams. Ever. Period.