Motivational Friday

We are officially into race season and that means that training is picking up or that the 'A' race is here.  Either way we all go through phases of questioning why we are doing what we do.  Most of us can answer with:  because I love it.  You have found the ability to dig deeper than the person next to you but when the temperatures turn 90* and the humidity is even higher than that or you are on Mile 20 of the marathon you have questions and you are seeking answers to keep putting one foot in front of the other. You will talk to yourself about beating that person in front of you.  You will speak in incoherent language that you want that PR badly.  You will curse your legs and all around you to keep moving forward.  Whatever it takes to get there.....but sometimes that is not enough. Today I received an email from a mentor of mine that spoke volumes.  I stared at it and applied it to my business, to my training, to my everything and I have not been able to wipe away the goosebumps or the smile of what can happen with the right frame of mind.  I want to share it with you so that when you are out there and searching for something to get you fired up, you can remember this:  

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."

~ William James

Find a path and stay on it. Don't quit. Keep walking. You will arrive. You will get tired and winded, but the second wind will always kick in for you when your body, which is bluffing, realizes you are not going to quit.

Choose a path and stay on it.

We place too high a value on comfort. We have lost the old fashioned work ethic. No one has ever written a book (though I have been tempted) called Great Moments in Human Comfort.

But a mind shift can turn it back in an instant. Now you are working for the pleasure of working. And because you didn't quit, you got your second wind and now you pass everyone else because they never even know what a second wind is.

Does it get any better than that?

Happy Racing and Training.  Enjoy your weekend....I know I will
Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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