Throughout all my training, running, biking and swimming, I always come back to one day which I feel has set the theme for my mental strength training: the day I rode with Phil Keoghan. Ok, yeah, I know he's famous and all that. But more importantly was the challenges we faced that day on the road. It was cold. It was windy. 25mph+ winds, not at our backs, but in our face. There was more than once I wanted to "uncle out". I don't "uncle out". I don't give up. So you know the conditions were tough.
I had to dig down deep into my heart and decide that no matter how tough it was or was going to get, I was going to finish this. So the question was: how bad do you want this. It's not about riding with Phil, it's about completing this ride in extremely adverse conditions.
Of course I finished the day and was on cloud nine for several weeks because I rode with Phil, but the day set the tone for all my training since. I conquered the hardest battle: overcoming that brief second where I wanted to quit.
So, when I'm competing this weekend in IMKS, there will not even be a brief second when it gets tough that I will ask myself "why are you doing this" or "I wish I could just 'uncle out'". I will be asking/telling myself "you have more in you, give it all you got because when you are done, you know in your heart that you want to have given 300% blood and guts to this race - now dig deeper and kick it up a notch!".
Todays foto tribute is to Phil!
Ok, so here is a silly one. Don't ever let this happen to you...