Back in October of 2016, I traveled to the eastern shore of Maryland to support some of my coached athletes who were racing Ironman Maryland.
Looking back, the day was one of those memorable days you never forget. And not because of the racing itself, but because of the weather. It was awful.
The flowing water along the run course at the 2016 Ironman Maryland.
For starters, the swim was canceled due to too-rough-to-be-safe conditions out in the Choptank River (throwing all of the athletes into makeshift plans at the spur of the moment), and then the bike course was altered due to flooded roads, which also resulted in some flowing water on the run course.
If that all sounds like an awfully difficult and challenging race day, let me remind you that Ironman isn’t supposed to be easy.
And therein lies one of the reasons I’m sharing this story with you.
I mean…when I heard the loud cheering and celebration ring out from a huge group of racers when it was announced over the loudspeaker that the swim was canceled, I realized that a lot of things have changed from my early days in the sport…
…and the changes I’m talking about aren’t necessarily positive.
Now you’re probably wondering what I’m getting at here. Keep reading.
I’m asked for my advice and help nearly every day by athletes who tell me they “really want to improve” or “want to finally solve that injury that’s been plaguing them,” or “achieve something more!”
They’re often desperate and anxious and frustrated. They can get emotional. I’ve stood in front of more than one person who teared up, talking about how important it was to them.
Whether it’s getting out of an injury cycle or a desire they have to believe they are truly making progress, they usually seem very motivated and ready to go!