I did not finish Kansas City Triathlon (sprint) in 2009, I did not finish Branson 70.3 in 2010, I did not finish Jackson County Triathlon in 2011, I did not finish the Psycho-Wyco 20-miler in 2013.
I’m not ashamed of my DNFs. I learned something important in each one. Sometimes, as a cheerleading coach, I wonder if I believe and practice what I preach to the athletes that I coach. I’ve been telling the kids that every failure is a step forward and not a step back. Today, it really got me thinking.
- In 2009, I learned the importance of having a spare tire in case of a flat on the course.
- In 2010, I learned the importance of nutrition, hydration, and having a game plan.
- In 2011, I learned that having a spare tire is only valuable if you know how to change it properly. I had 2 flats in that race, and the second was caused by over-inflating my spare.
- In 2013, I was simply under-trained, I thought that the skills and training that I had in 2012 would carry over without the reps and focus needed to finish a grueling race like that one.
I am on a new path. Coaching cheerleading has really caused me to look at my own training much differently. I tell the kids to put in the time needed outside of the gym. They tell me about their homework, their car, and their jobs etc. I realize that I have other responsibilities too. If I am going to continue on this new path, this new challenge, I have to balance all of my responsibilities.
Just like I tell my kids:
- I need to put first things first.
- I need to learn from my mistakes.
- I need to improve every day.
As I continue to coach cheerleading, I will continue to look at myself while I take on this new challenge. Redman 2015?