This is a re-post from April 2014. The year after the terrible tragedy in Boston 2013...
How often have you been asked by a non athlete, "Why do you get up early and suffer through a tough workout, get sore and go back to do it again and again?"
How often have people wondered why you can't wait to get back to training when you are injured, instead of stopping and ending the misery once and for all?
What is it that makes you do the things you do?
This month we remember the anniversary of two of the roughest moments in the athletic community and in the Racelab family.
On April 7th, 2012, three of our athletes were hit by a car while riding their bikes. Although we hear of bike accidents way too often in the news, this time it was different, this time it hit home. The impact that this accident had on the team and the whole cycling and triathlon community was bigger than what we've ever experienced. The support and concern for these athletes and also towards Racelab, was overwhelming. Fortunately, Lito, Brett and Scott are with us today and back at running, cycling and swimming!
One year ago (2013) the horrible acts at the Boston Marathon shocked not only the running community, but the entire World. Who could do something like that at such a friendly, healthy, positive and legendary event? The disturbing images of the people injured and the impact that this act had will last for a long time. So many people had their lives turned upside down on a day that is supposed to celebrate peace unity and the human spirit.
Adversities, injustices and obstacles will not easily break an athlete's spirit. In fact, I believe it makes it stronger. The satisfaction of overcoming these obstacles becomes much bigger than the obstacle itself. The nature of the athlete is to constantly seek new challenges. The desire to reach the goals and to exceed the expectations is the athlete's power, that a non athlete will never understand.
An athlete changes and transforms according to his or her possibilities. A real athlete reinvents him/herself. Like para-athletes whose disabilities don't stop them from pursuing their high athletic goals. Like Racelabbers, Dixie and Kristy who were volunteering at the medical tent at the finish line in Boston and witnessed and assisted those injured the worst. They will now confront the horror of that day by running the marathon this year. Like Lito, Brett and Scott, who exceeded all recovery expectations and are finding their way to be strong and active again. Like all the runners filling the street on Monday in Boston, showing the World that the athlete's determination will never be broken. As an individual, as part of a group or in masses, the power of the athlete's spirit grows when faced with adversity and it is present in everything he or she does. It represents so much more than enduring early morning workouts, sore muscles, fatigue and injuries.