So the Men’s Olympic swimming is over. I now have no life. Seriously. Please tell me I wasn’t the only one hyped up over the incredible energy they delivered? Or the fact that Michael Phelps was this amazing, beautiful machine to watch in the water. Or that I wasn’t the only one who cried watching his “final” swim ( say it isn’t so)
And let’s just pause a minute and give thanks to the camera crews for giving us such good…coverage…. of the men’s swim team. Really, thank you. 😉
Ah, but there have been other exciting things.
This weekend has been track and field and I actually got to see the women’s marathon this morning. I was impressed when the first 5k was knocked out in about 17 minutes. Yikes. Of course, I was hopeful for our girls from the US (they placed a respectable 6th and 7th out of a field of 160’s I believe) I’m always in awe that they run a marathon ( 26.2 miles) in a little over the time it takes me to run a half marathon. I can’t imagine running those speeds for that long.
Then there was the sprinting, Usian Bolt. The man is like a human explosive.
Sprinting. Short. Sweet. Powerful.
And it doesn’t take much time to view 😉
Of course, I must mention the gymnastics. USA women totally crushed it. I am always in awe at these tiny dynamos that can throw their bodies around and do these crazy and complex moves.
I don’t see my 6’0 body doing stuff like that haha
Every athlete at the Olympics was there because they had a passion, and they pursued it, and they became the best student of what they were doing. They invested countless hours, sacrifice and dedication to their sport.
We can learn from them.
I found this quote from Michael Phelps that resonated with me :
“I found something I love and never gave up.”
We don’t have to wonder how that worked for him. 28 Olympic medals. Most decorated Olympian ever.
Nope, he never gave up.
The majority of us will never be Olympians. We will never come close to knowing the hard work and sacrifice that they invested into their sport.
But I’ll tell you this…. we can all have or find that thing we love and never give up in our pursuit of being better at it. We can become stronger, more skilled, and a better student of that thing that we pursue.
For me right now, it’s cycling. I’m learning I have a lot of strength and power to bring to this sport and it’s now a matter of practice and consistent training to improve my skills. I know I won’t train for the Olympics, but trust me, I will be in races at some point to cut my teeth on and test my skills and passion. My nature is competitive and I will always be looking to improve and be better than I was the day before.
Tell me … what is your passion? Do you have something that challenges you ? Or motivates you to work harder? What’s the “gold” you pursue?