"To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them."
- Picabo Street
|My dad piping me across the finish line for the 9th time. |
45 miles completed.
|This is a great view of the sand storm in tent city.|
|Coach Brad wrapping me in a space blanket and |
walking me back to my pit.
This was the moment where I found out how much I had to give. I had a horrible lap. Electroshock therapy broke me down when I had to go through it for the 7th time and I felt like I didn't have any more to give. My dad piped me all the way to my tent, where I sat down and thought through all the things I didn't think I could do, while my mom and coach fed and patched me up. I mindlessly accepted their help and ran through how I was supposed to go back out there. Everything hurt, my ankle had given out and my mind was letting the doubt slip in. In the midst of all these thoughts, Sean Corvelle's voice popped into my head. He reminded me that "Nobody's better than your best, but your best will make you better." And I realized that giving up wasn't my best. 45 miles wasn't my best. Walking out that start line for the 10th time and going 5 more miles, that would be my best. I stood up without a word to my team and marched my broken body back on course.
So, to all my friends and mudder family preparing for WTM, remember this: You will find a low point and when your body and mind have broken down, when you feel like there is no more, when you are doubting yourself, know that you CAN. You are incredible, you have worked so hard to be there, you have put your best for forward, and you are capable of more than you know. If you can't find inspiration to go back out, come find me and I will be there to remind you how amazing you are.