Friday, May 25, 2007

Choosing Which Voices We Listen To

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. ~Author Unknown

Why is it that high intensity weeks in training, work, life always seem to coincide (collide??)? The past two weeks have definitely been high volume, high workload, high stress, highly scheduled -- you name it! Then early this week, the voices started....

This season is really long. Can we really do this through October?
Everything hurts...mind, body, spirit.
Why are we doing this again?
Ignore the alarm clock. 10 more minutes won't hurt. Just cut your warmup..or a few yards.
One step is too much. One stroke won't matter. One stride gets us nowhere.

The voices just got louder, making Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week pretty tough to get through. Each workout barely got completed, without umph, without motivation, one uninspired lap at a time.

But by Thursday, a few others voices chimed in:

We're making a difference.
We're helping to tell stories that need to be told.
This really is FUN -- and gee, we're getting a lot faster.
Look at all of the amazing people out here running, swimming, and biking with us.
One step, one stroke, one stride, one day. One step, one stoke, one stride, one day.

Both sets of voices may be with us for the long haul, but each week we have a choice as to which ones we listen to. TGIF!