I don’t know about you but I love the Olympics – especially the Summer Olympics. For two weeks our dvr is full of sporting events instead of my husband’s episodes of House Hunters and anything on the Discovery Channel. I get so into watching indoor and beach volleyball since I played it for so long. Women’s gymnastics has long been a favorite of mine although my personal experience with the sport was very short lived. Diving, swimming, track and field are also sports that I follow. Needless to say my downtime for those two weeks are spent in front of the tv forwarding past the commercials and getting right to the action.
I love learning about the athletes personal journeys and am constantly motivated by what some of the Olympians have had to overcome to get to where they are today. Inspiring stories of troubled childhoods, injuries, and missteps all go into what drives them to get better, be better, or in some cases be the best in their chosen sport.
While you and I may never know what it feels like to be an Olympian maybe we can take something away from all of the great performances we have seen. Michael Phelps shows us that you can have several missteps and still come out on top. He also shows us that age isn’t a reason to slow down. Simone Biles is another great athlete with her own story. It’s so great for the next generation to see that your current situation doesn’t have to dictate what path you choose to follow and that determination and perseverance can bring you more success than you ever imagined.
As the Olympics are coming to an end I would like to channel all of the great athletes’ energy and put it into what I’m doing. Mixing in a few days of double workouts, eating cleaner, and getting better sleep are just a few of the ways that I want to train my body and mind to expect more from myself. What are some of your takeaways from the Rio Olympics? What were some of your favorite perfomances? I’d love to catch up!