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