Here we go again… Angie is racing another 70.3 Half-Iron Distance Triathlon this weekend. The great news is that it is taking place right here in our backyard… almost literally! Challenge Daytona is hosting a multisport festival this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway and it’s going to be so cool.
But here’s the thing… The race is 3 days away and the hand-wringing has already begun over the weather forecast on race day. Angie may as well be sitting at her desk hitting refresh over and over again as much mental energy as she is giving to THE WEATHER. As if all of her frettings will actually change the weather one iota! Finally, I turned to her and said, “For heaven’s sake, it is what it is! Let it GO!”
Then she laughed and told me I was right (which, I am). Now hopefully we can enjoy the few days leading up to the race instead of being in a constant case of worry and anxiety. If it rains, it rains. If it’s windy, it’s windy. If it’s cold… Well, if it’s cold, I’ll cheer from the condo because I don’t do cold anymore. 😉
Look, when we are going after a big goal, there are things we can control and things we just can’t. Angie could control the quality of her training… how many of her workouts she did and how many she skipped… whether she was training in the proper heart rate zones, and so on. She cannot control the fact that she jammed the heck out of one of her toes a couple of weeks ago and is still dealing with some pain and swelling.
AND SHE CERTAINLY CANNOT CONTROL THE WEATHER ON RACE DAY!
Your journey to your goals will be the same – there will be many things you can control and there will be things that happen that are completely out of your control. Your job is to do the very best with the things you can control and then let all the rest go because it will not help you at all (and, in fact, can hurt you a great deal) to dwell on things that are out of your sphere of influence. They will be what they will be – no matter what.