One of my college teammates repeated “Calm. Strength.” to herself during races, and I’ve used that along with “Strong. Fit. Fierce.” It’s just a good reminder to myself in every situation that I’ve done the work to prepare and to stay calm when things pop up that I have no control over.
What keeps you motivated? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My teammates are, no doubt, very inspiring. They help me keep going on a daily basis. But my real inspiration is my mom. Through four years of aggressive cancer treatments, I never once heard her complain. Even when she was really suffering, she was still concerned with the well-being of others. The day before she died, she woke up and said to me “Baby, can I do anything for you?” Wow. It really puts things in perspective.