1) PurposeI felt a sense of purpose in the process. I always say that if you don’t enjoy the process, the end result is never worth it. Conversely, if you do enjoy it, even if you fail, the entire time spent preparing isn’t a waste. Even when I was having poor races, I found value in the day-to-day process and even started our charity around this time to lean into my other passion (helping people in extreme poverty) by combining the 2. I also started to see my training as worshipping God and anything done as worship is never wasted.
2) HopeEven when races went badly, I would have a glimmer of hope (usually from what I had seen in training) that there were better days ahead. I knew was capable of more than I’d seen in races.
I had the support of my core people. Not all your family and friends are going to understand your path. I had resistance from family members who thought I should move on, but my husband Ryan never for a second insinuated I should give up and always supported me. My kids have 100% supported me as well and are often the ones most vocally telling me to keep going. To me, these are the people I need to be onboard.
4) Redefine SuccessI was able to redefine success. It’s easy to slip into “I’m only succeeding if X happens” and pursuing the things you’re “supposed to” pursue. Defining success on your own terms is life-giving.
5) Listen To Yourself
Only you can know your path. As helpful as it is to get advice from people we trust, take the time to listen in prayer and stillness to hear for yourself. After a lot of prayer, I felt God nudge me to persevere and that there was more to come. It didn’t make sense on paper or to others, but faith often doesn’t.