The 2012 Games, however, has extra special – and very personal – meaning for me. In just a few days I’ll be running with the torch! (It’s surreal just to think about it).
July 26th – the last day before the Opening Ceremonies – I’ll have my moment in the spotlight in central London somewhere around 5:00pm UK time. It’s going to be craaaaazy and a whole lot of fun.
As my official selection notification said “We’ve been searching for extraordinary people; those who have a burning passion and use it to spread happiness and inspire others. Chris is a hard working candidate who has inspired people around the world”. A humbling honour like no other.
Of course, triathlon looks to be front and centre during the Olympics too with favourites Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee and Helen Jenkins all from the UK, helping to raise awareness of the sport. No doubt the pressure is on and with the global depth of talent, perhaps no surprise that the favourite has NEVER won gold in the Olympic triathlon. How will the big names respond this year? Who will aim to pull off the upset? Time will tell…!
Speaking of the Olympians rising to the occasion, I recently had the chance to listen to two former Olympic medallists from Britain – Steve Backley and Roger Black – talk about the winning elements that separated the best from the (very capable) rest.
“Talent is not enough” they said repeatedly. “You’ve got to train and perform with P.R.I.D.E.”
They were absolutely right.
What is P.R.I.D.E.? It’s something we all have 100% control over, we can turn it on to our benefit (or off for our detriment) at any moment.
Quite simply, it’s your Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence.
Excellence in your training sessions, your recovery, your nutrition, your race preparation, your time management to get it all done. I’d even go so far as to say in your job, your relationships and friendships.
It’s a choice you have – every day, every hour. In fact, it’s a choice you’re always making whether you realise it or not.
And the impact is undeniable.
With P.R.I.D.E. each training session improves your technique, expands your capacity and strengthens your will.
When you fail to embrace this personal responsibility each workout is less than optimal, wasting an easy opportunity to improve and is a direct attack on the potential to be at your best.
If you want more for yourself, a better triathlon experience, faster times on race day, you’ve got to start from the inside.
Could you give a little more in your swim, bike and run sessions? Could you dig a little deeper near the end of your races? How great would it feel to execute with more focus and confidence? How better could you be if you eliminated your ‘usual’ excuses?
It’s time for you to step up with P.R.I.D.E.
The 5 Forces Formula for Breakthrough Triathlon Performance is designed to help you do exactly that. To gain immediate improvement in your focus in training and racing, to solidify your self-belief in getting to the next level, and to build more sustainable and renewable drive to keep going hard week after week.
You can read the feedback from those who have gone through the program and achieved measurable improvement in their racing time and training quality.
I’d love to help you experience that too.
Over the next few weeks, as you tune into the London Olympics you’ll hear a lot about the athletes mental strength and emotional resilience, how they rose to the occasion when it mattered most. Sadly, you’ll see many others fail to live up to their expectations.
If you’re ready to put your under-performances to an end, get the 5 Forces Formula for Breakthrough Triathlon Performance today.