As athletes we usually focus our time and attention on training ourselves physiologically to overcome the challenges presented by cold, heat, distance and time. The unrecognized training opportunity is our ability to train how we feel about the challenges that arise. Years of cold water racing from Alcatraz on New Year’s Day to island swims in Alaska have left me specifically adapted to the rigors of cold water immersion, but the physiology is not what makes the difference in finding that extra 10% in performance. I have chosen over countless sessions to “Like” the feeling of cold water, and that perception makes all the difference.
Being aware of each moment in training and racing allows limitless opportunities to make each of those uncomfortable moments something we embrace and use to fuel future goals. When we let each thing we do positively impact everything we do then what’s not to Love.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
Henry David Thoreau