Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Discipline

Wanted to share this interview with the winner of the "Triathlon Winter Championship". Why is this any different from any other? Because this gentleman  is just a normal "age group" athlete. 


Wait, did I say normal? He's the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Montana. That's not your "normal" job. He runs 120-160 miles a week which amounts to 18 to 25 hours of training. His key points to how he manages it all are a great reminder for everyone. 


Mike Wolfe, US Attorney in Montana from the article when asked about balance;
"Balance?? Serious discipline, serious time management, and sacrificing other things in life. Plain and simple. You either do it, or you don’t."


I'd like to think I have a lot of discipline but Mr. Wolfe's quote is a good reminder of what needs to be done to obtain serious goals. Time management, sacrifice (or what could be called  "eliminating noise") and just plain doing it. 


"The disciplined athlete will make daily sacrifices and make due with hardships in order to excel. This person doesn’t miss workouts short of a disaster. Weather is an insignificant factor. The disciplined athlete knows that the small stuff is important. He or she doesn’t get sloppy [...] Humans are social animals; we don’t like being outcasts. It’s much easier to go along with the crowd than to stand out in a crowd. [...] Discipline is not easy.
-Joe Friel, USA Cycling certified Elite-level coach, and founder and past Chairman of the USA Triathlon National Coaching Commission.

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