Why being a triathlete makes me no different than a non-triathlete

This week I’ve met a lot of new people, which I love, and when I mention I’m a Tri-athlete the conversation is of curiosity and how hard it is for them to get into the practice of exercising. My response is, “Yep, me too. It’s a mind game more than anything else. I don’t get up at 5:00 am to swim for 1 1/2 hours and struggle breathing for the first twenty minutes with an ecstatic attitude. It’s more like me rolling out of bed with so much personal resistance I groan and remind myself I need to go because I paid for the class.
Then on the way to the gym I beat my steering wheel, out loud saying, “I don’t want to go, I don’t want to go!” When I start swimming I think, “Why can’t this be easier, ugh?”And then it happens, my breathing technique kicks in and it starts getting easier. About an hour into the swim I tire, complain to my coach who says keep going, then fifteen minutes before the end I get my second wind and it’s beautiful. I did more than I thought possible. I am feeling so good physically and mentally that I’m on top of the world.
My point here is that athletes have the same blocks others do and sometimes many more because of how much they are willing to stretch their personal limits not only physically but mentally to what else is possible. It’s very physical. Very emotional. Scary and wonderful!
Want to exercise more?  Do what I do. Get up, get in front of a mirror, starting humming the “Rocky” theme jumping up and down. Within seconds you’ll be laughing, feel energize and most import, replace that “ugh” with “Yeah, I can rock it!”

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