I stole this quote is taken from Bernadette Devlin, youngest women ever elected to Parliament. Ok, so today she’s banned from the United States due to connections with IRA bombings, but let’s not focus on that.
Let us instead focus on the quote:
Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.
There couldn’t be a more perfect quote for my mindset right now. For five months I spent everyday struggling to go to school, eat right, work my ‘real job’, spend time with friends, coach at the gym oh, and train for competition. How do you keep all the balls in the air? You just do! Things in life become non-negotiable and you sacrifice. You live your life via a strict schedule and you don’t deviate. Hell yeah it’s a struggle, but one that I love, or I wouldn’t do it.
When I started my competition journey I couldn’t have guessed the outcome in my wildest dreams. I had the flu at sectionals and wanted to walk away from it all half way through the day. Finishing 4 hardas* wods when you can’t keep food down SUCKS! When I uttered; “I don’t care” after the second wod, Staci Russell was right there with the perfect answer, “You will tomorrow.” And she was right. I finished in 12th and that was enough to get me the next phase of competition.
Going into Regional’s I wanted to finish all 5 wods and show well. I’d say I did that having captured 1 of 3 spots from a 10 state area. A switch flipped at that point. I finally validated to myself that I’ve got what it takes to play at the top. I validated that I’m strong enough. I validated that I’m fast enough. I validated that I can do it.
I now know that it’s anyone’s ball game. I proved that at Regional’s. I went from 12th in my sectional to 3rd at Regional’s. I know that training hard and sticking with my game plan I can do it. It doesn’t matter what time someone else has on Fran, how much they can deadlift or what their 500m rowing time is. All that matters is, what can they do that day, that minute, that second?
I dared to struggle and now I dare to win
Today’s WOD: REST, and boy oh boy did I need it.