Boys, there are some thing that I never want the world or anyone in the world to train out of you. I watched all of you complete a triathlon on Sunday. Personally, I love how sports and being active can teach us about life. I feel this to be particularly true about volleyball and Triathlon.
Volleyball will teach you how to deal with failures when they happen and get over them quickly. It teaches you how to always work as a team and how to be a contributing team player, no matter the role assigned to you. Volleyball will take you through a life full of emotions in only one match. But oh, Triathlon, this teaches us even more about life.
Triathlon teaches us so much about ourselves. Three years ago, I wouldn’t even have considered doing one. My mind was holding me back. So that’s the biggest hurdle we need to overcome is our mind’s desire to hold us back from success and adventure. With training, anyone can complete a swim, cycle and run triathlon.
Swimming in triathlon is a special part of the event because you can drown! Mentally, you need to overcome that thought of dying, overcome the affects of water and waves as well as “Just keep swimming!” as Dory likes to remind us to do. Now, we get to cycling boys! The part of the event that could lead to injury. Through contact with other racers or the road. You may need to hold your composure with equipment failure or getting passed on the hills. Always remember that the swim and cycle part are really getting you ready for the run. Imagine the swim as your birth to elementary school years. Cycling is that adventurous and fast teenage years. The run is adult life. This is where the real magic happens. Every little stroke in the water or on the bike has set you up for the run. On the run one step at a time, you will need to focus. Neither looking back nor too far ahead. The run, like life, is a time to savour and enjoy a race well done! And you did this on Sunday! You showed how you want to live your life and my prayer tonight is that no one will ever take these skills from you, all these skills that you exemplified during your triathlons.
And oh did you love that Sun Rype buffet at the end!
Keep being you.
Always be you!
Love your very proud Mama