Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months, and years they spent preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely a demonstration of their champion character. ~ T. Allan Armstrong
It is a very natural occurrence that at important events in our lives, we often feel retrospective. As I think of, dream about, and have mini-“EB” (aka emotional basket-case, or as I like to call it Emashional bosket-case) moments I cannot help but remember the road that brought me to this point. I’m talking about it like this journey has really been mine – when in reality, I have been a happy helper (tag along) as Malcolm climbs this next mountain. But, wow the view from the top! It’s hard not to imagine what’s on the other side… and I frequently have to stop myself from thinking of all of the new adventures that await us Post-O. I sometimes picture what my husband will be like when he’s not the zombie version of himself due to constant all out training. How will I be able to adapt to making normal size meals? How will he adapt to having to clean the bathroom on occasion?
I think I must be pretty good at living in the present moment because I feel like the Games have snuck up on me. I really cannot believe they are almost here. And the thing is living in that present moment is going to be the key – for all of us.
To drink in this incredible experience. To not to fret about what is coming, but focus only on the here and now. To not to try to control or manipulate things but stay open to what opportunities come about. And first and foremost to stay grounded in the fact that what we are is what we are. For the athletes everything that brought them to this point. Each step they took to climb this mountain has carved them into the person they are. Who knows what will happen in London. Big challenges create big moments. And to not let the past define us, nor determine our future. There will be many who will rise even higher… but the thing I always think about is as incredible as those moments are, as brilliant as those accomplishments, they don’t actually change someone. (well we hope not).
My wonderful husband pre-O will be the same post-O, though perhaps a little more chipper Thursday through Saturday 😉 When I was at the Olympic training centre in Colorado Springs one year I found some motivational papers… written is one of my favourite all time quotes:
A true champion is a champion in life, not just in sport.
He is my champion. My anchor.
CTV produced a little profile on him…
AND, then to end on a bit of lighter note, here’s something to make you laugh. One of my favourite videos is this one of a young girl and her daily affirmations. Well I made my own version for the rowers. Hope you enjoy!