Facebook just reminded me that 3 years ago, I raced Ironman 70.3 Texas.
One of the professional triathletes who was there racing - Chris McDonald - was also signing autographs on the day before the race.
His advice: "Have fun and embrace the suck."
Although it may sound contradictory, it perfectly describes how all of us feel as we push ourselves to achieve new goals.
"Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable." - US Navy Seals
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." - Neale Walsch
Once you are willing to acknowledge the work it is going to take to improve, to push over the hurdles that try to hold you back, and break through the wall that stands in your way....
Once you are willing to embrace the suck that it will take to truly do your best, you'll discover the vastness of your potential; you'll be amazed at what you're able to accomplish.
We often tell our athletes that the training is the hardest part, because in the training is where you have to dig deeper and be willing to push to redefine your 100%. If you aren't willing to push yourself in the training, you're not going to have worn down those walls enough so that you can have a breakthrough performance on the day it really matters.
In my own life, we finally registered for some of our goal races this past weekend, and I was reminded of many of these points I'm making above. I need to start training the way I want to be able to race. We have to be willing to push ourselves outside our comfort zone - whether that means pushing to a maximum, or fighting the mental boredom of maintaining a steady easy aerobic effort for an extended time - to the point where we ask ourselves if we can keep going.... and we can make the choice to stop or to change up the workout, or to keep going and explore where our limits truly are.
I challenge you today - do something today to step outside your comfort zone.
Something that you know you WANT to do and will be GOOD to do, but your mind holds you back.
- If you see a homeless person outside a grocery store, maybe give him/her one of the granola bars, bananas, or apples that you bought.
- If you're getting overloaded at work, be honest with your boss about your workload or deadlines.
- Start that weight-loss program that you were maybe too afraid to start because you were afraid you MIGHT not be able to keep it up.
- Show up for your workout, even though you might not be feeling too motivated for it.
Trust me, you'll feel better afterwards!
You'll have told that little voice in your head ...
... that you're more BRAVE than you are SCARED.
... that you're ready for change, and willing to work for it.
... that you've embraced the suck, and are ready to have fun!
To expanding your comfort zone,
Sound Training & Racing