Mary Eggers


Getting ready

I might be the only Rochesterian that just doesn’t care about snow on the ground today. Doesn’t affect me. Doesn’t change my day, or my mood. I have lived here long enough that I am bulletproof against weather. I just don’t care.

If I wanted sunshine all ay long I would move to San Diego.

I am not worried about water temperature in the early season triathlons come June. I hope it’s cold. I love cold water and I know how to handle it. Freeze me.

When it comes to competition that’s how you have to be. You have to take it by the balls, you have to own it. You can’t create a story upon a story and allow that to dictate how you perform. You have to own your performance.

The secret to training is really quite easy. Apply stress to the body, allow the body to absorb the stress. Change the stress. Allow the body to adapt. It’s not a science but at the same time it is a science. As an athlete it takes turning off your mind and executing. Day in, day out. Through the days you don’t want to, through the days you do want to.

Nothing great ever happens from being comfortable. We’ve said this before and we will say it again. You must get comfortable being uncomfortable. In life and in sport. We can’t control everything and controlling everything never bore winners and those who succeed.

Success comes from reaching beyond logic and reaching beyond what you believe your capabilities to be. Period.

The closer we get to the season and the starting line the more we realize the part the mind plays in all of this. More often than not I see the mind as a detriment. Athletes create stories that they begin to believe. Stories of the cold having an effect on them. Stories about insecurity. Stories about fear of being unprepared. Fear of failing.

Easier said than done but you have to sweep all that crap off the counter. You must take a deep breath and look forward with blinders on. You can’t buy into the bullshit stories that you aren’t ready.

Did you put in the work?

Did you put in the recovery?

Did you take care of the details?

Then you are ready.

Do you look back in your training log and see a bunch of holes? Own those too. Change your expectations. Move on. Aim to be better tomorrow. Don’t attach your self esteem to all of it. Don’t judge yourself because of it. Own it. Accept it. Move on.

We would see a slew of more successful athletes if athletes stopped attaching self worth to race results.

Resist the goals you set for the season. How often do you revisit them? I do this every WEEK. It’s a new habit for me. I look at those goals I set way back then and I ask myself: have I taken he necessary steps to achieve these goals? Most of the time yes. I am aiming for all the time yes. Goals themselves are easy to set. It’s the day in and day out work that’s harder to maintain. That is why….. achievement is not made on goal setting. It’s made on the work we do. It’s made of the details. Those details add up, and those details don’t add up.

Race season is around the corner and I am fired up. Taking a step back from racing through the winter was what I needed. When I think about the starting line I can feel my heart begin to pound with anticipation and excitement. I thrive off being fired up. I don’t get nervous I get hungry. And I am feeling hungry.

As your race season approaches…… look back. What are your goals for the season? Have you taken the steps necessary to hit them? What are the blocks that you face, is it your mind? How will you wipe those blocks off the table. How will you set yourself up for your most successful race season yet?