Tuesday, July 26, 2016

WTS Hamburg: Believe to Achieve

Wahoo, I did it I won my first WTS race,
In Hamburg when I came in first place.
(I know this is an obvious statement I did it for the rhyme,
Try not to give me too hard of a time)
Photo: Triathlon.org
I have to say the start of the season I struggled a bit,
I was under performing though I was physically fit.
My coach, Joel Filliol asked me post race what made the difference on the day,
And I told him I think I just got sick of myself racing the other way. 
I had talked to many people to try and figure out why things were going wrong,
But really it was up to me to change the tune of my own song. 
I found this quote a few days ago,
and really identified with what is written below:
I had been really yearning to race like me,
and couldn't figure out why it wasn't easy.
But it's funny because ultimately it was myself that showed me the way,
When a thing on Facebook showed up... "Three years ago on this day"
It was the ITU story from my first World Cup win,
and reading my own words from then really sunk in.
At the time when I was asked about my race plan, 
It was basically just to go as hard as I can.
My win in Palamos 7/14/2013...ITU Write Up
For a bit I had lost that simple but aggressive attitude,
And had been racing in a cloud of a different mood.
I was letting my race be impacted by fears and doubts,
Rather than that I'm more skilled and having great workouts.
So I took a technique from Kate Grace and made an "Inner Strength Bank Account",
This simple exercise was really quite paramount. 
I wrote all the things that have prepared me to compete with the best,
And once seeing them written I believed in my ability to rise to the test.
So how did the race play out? Exactly as planned,
I swam, biked and ran as hard as I can.
Photo: Petko Beier
Of course I was fortunate to have others on the bike willing to work,
So that when we got off the bike with a 50 + second lead I had a little smirk.
When it came to the run my mantra was to believe,
And in doing that I was able to achieve!
I ran in fear that I was going to get caught,
But also ran thinking that I might have a shot.
Crossing the line I didn't let up,
Never counting out the other athletes who are tough.
Photo: Marco Bardella
Winning Hamburg was exciting because it was a goal I've been waiting to achieve,
If I have one takeaway message it is that you must believe.
Believe in yourself and that you know what to do,
as long as you race and compete like you!
Believe in your training and the hard work done every day,
And don't let you be the enemy who gets in your way.

Thank you so much for everyone who is always there,
following my journey with so much care!
For all the support that continues to get me to the next level,
To get to be a part of the following groups is something I revel.
 Team PsychoSOS, thanks for helping make me...ME :)