I received an email last week from a fellow triathlete and writer, Stefanie, who basically smacked me in the face. She had emailed me in response to a post where I said, “I still very much consider myself a beginner triathlete, because I don’t think I’ll feel legit until I can run at a reasonable pace”…. well, she called me out.
And she did it very respectfully, in a private message, and it made me think about my attitude. I have finished several sprint triathlons, two Olympic races, a handful of 5k and 10k races, a stand-alone half-marathon, and then a 70.3….all in a year and half…
My question for me: When am I going to believe that I am an athlete? Not just an athlete…but a triathlete? And a legit triathlete?
My question for you: What are you holding back? What are you failing to believe about yourself? And why?
I have such ridiculous issues when it comes to my body and my abilities. Yes, I run slower than I would like. But so what?? During the 70.3, I did not doubt that I would finish the race —- I just acknowledged that it might (really) hurt and (really, really) suck, and I might finish last. But then it happened – I finished. But now, six months later, I break my foot and am feeling ugly, fat and slow… so I question my “legitness.” And I discount the entire year of work I put in to reach 70.3, by calling myself non-legit.
That is stupid. And I appreciate Stefanie making me think a little….
So..what am I saying? First, I want you to listen to me, and do as I say… not as I think!
Stand tall, and be too legit to… okay, I’ll just leave that one alone.
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