We are 6 days away from entering the water and sometimes its the little things that matter so much!
As triathletes we are pursuing a challenging sport with lots of demands not just physically and mentally but also with a time commitment. We want to be supported whether consciously or subconsciously by those around us, however sometimes these requests can be daunting. Being a spectator today I was able to step back and witness first hand how so many people come together to support us on our journey. With our coaches, fellow athletes, families, partners, friends, colleagues, medical staff, volunteers, the list of supporters is endless and different for everyone.
I remember my first go at the Olympic distance triathlon 3 years ago; I was very nervous and a bit unprepared when it came to putting the whole race together. As I came to the run, it was 30C and I had hit that dark moment in a race. The negative had taken over my thoughts and self doubt was consuming me. A fellow team member slowed on the run to allow me to catch up. He noticed I was struggling and started talking things over with me. He asked me to tell him what didn’t hurt and said “let’s focus on that.” My reply to him was simply “my pony tail.” We laughed, found the positive and finished the race strong. His support helped me finish that race with a smile and a feeling of success.
I also recall a neat story a fellow athlete told me last year. When out on a long runs in the early hours of the morning, a specific route was chosen as the park warden would open the information building early for a quick washroom break or warm up. A complete stranger was contributing to this athlete’s journey without even realizing it. I am quickly reminded how everyone around us plays strong roles in being our supporters.
Everyone has a path; some are on that path for a short time while others for the long haul. Regardless of length, without the support of those around us we couldn’t say race day is a complete success. So next time you are on that course, training session or appointment don’t forget to thank those who made your race day possible.
Congratulations to all the racers at Calgary 70.3 today. I had the privilege of watching many people achieve their goals. It is such an inspiration to watch the volunteers and athletes working together to make today a successful day.