What’s Your Crazy?
As endurance athletes we’ve all had people tell us that we are crazy. For many people, they cannot imagine swimming, biking and running all at once or running for 13.1/26.2 miles or racing on a bike that is inches from other bikes at high speeds. As endurance athletes we all have to have a little crazy in us. Even among our own endurance peers, we tend to think that one another are crazy. Cyclists think that the runners are crazy. Why run when we have the invention of the wheel? Short course athletes think long course athletes are crazy for wanting to race 70.3/140.6 or more miles. Long course athletes think short course athletes are crazy for wanting to race so hard you nearly vomit at the finish line. The point is, we all have our own version of crazy.
If you stop and think about it, it’s actually the crazy that drives us. It’s the crazy that makes something feel like an accomplishment. No one posts pictures of their boring workouts or something they are not proud of. When the circumstances make you work a little harder, the reward is that much bigger. A workout in the pouring rain or in the pitch dark is that much more of an accomplishment than one in the middle of a beautiful day. It’s because it shows just how crazy dedicated you are. It’s much easier to skip that workout than to push yourself out of your comfort zone.
This week we are celebrating our team of crazy athletes. They’ve been caught being a little crazy and inspiring other. So, next time the alarm goes off at 0’dark thirty, the weather is bad, or the workout looks too hard, I challenge you to find your crazy. I promise you it will be worth the reward.