Monday, November 16, 2009

Letter to the Editor!

My letter to the editor of Triathlete got published in the December issue! Check it:

Motivation Inspiration
"I cannot thank you enough for the Sports Psychology Edition (September 2009), particularly Ben Greenfield's article, "What Really Motivates You?" I happened to read it just 24 hours before my second Ironman, Ironman Canada. Little did I realize how much I would rely on this article to overcome my inner demons on race day. I woke up race morning with a stomach bug, which became progressively worse throughout the day. At mile 92 of the bike course I wanted to quit--very badly. I was weak and sick and couldn't eat or drink enough. I debated whether finishing was worth it. Just as Greenfield warned, here I was asking myself, 'Why am I doing this to myself?' I had to dig very deep. None of my pre-planned answers were good enough. Finally, it came to me: because it makes me feel strong. What better way to define strength than to finish an Ironman with a sick stomach? I kept telling myself, ;I'm strong, I'm strong,' all the way to the finish. Crossing that finish line was one of the sweetes victories I've every had. Overcoming that battle on the racecourse taught me a lot about myself and made me stronger because of it. I wouldn't have had it any other way."

12 comments:

Nicole said...

Yay!!!!

Jack said...

Way too cool! But really no surprise, it was truly amazing the way you held through during the Ironman.

Ordinarylife said...

Very good letter! And again, well done on completing the race.

Leah said...

Very cool.

cdnhollywood said...

That's an awesome story. Now where did I put that issue...I need to read that article again!

Laura said...

This is great. My coaches are doing Ironman Arizona next weekend so I am going to send this to them.

Wes said...

I noticed that. very cool. What I found even more interesting was my email was published in the same edition ;-)

Krista said...

Yea! It's a great letter! I'm not suprised they published it :)

Sarah said...

That's awesome! Congrats on the finish, what an accomplishment.

Tri Buddha said...

A star is born. I was pleasntly surprised when I saw it! :)

Dave said...

I like it! Note to self: read article pre IMOO next year!

Shawn said...

Thats awesome! Thanks for sharing your triumph with everyone!