I’ve always been driven, the mental game was never something to worry about, but this now has to be a focus, a part of my training. Where do you get your motivation from? Why are you doing this? How do you find your focus? How do you refocus when focus is lost? How do you deal with “failure”?
I arrived in the evening on Thursday for camp starting on Friday with enough time to unpack my bags and get my bike setup. On the one hand I am excited to get this started, but I’m also a bit apprehensive, new people, new location: do I really belong here?
As camp started getting closer it became real and I started getting nervous. Regular phone calls with both Pat and Sam were made. I asked Pat “should I be worried?”. One of the reasons I picked him was his directness, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when he said “Yes. Yes, you should be. But you will just do what they tell you, if they tell you to work harder, you go harder, if they tell you to get out of the pool, you get out. What you need to do is eat at every chance you get and take good care of yourself”. Ok, do what they say, and eat, sleep, foam roll in between. Got it.
This was quite the summer. Taking the overall AG win at Chattanooga 70.3 took some time to settle in, but from that point, Coach Samantha and I looked towards racing Racine 70.3. Coach Nicole came with me to Wisconsin, and other than (of course) having a good race, I had one goal: qualify for 2017 70.3 World Championships.