So many times I have tried to say what he said so simply. Chuckie has taught me so much about physiology, how to train a triathlete and how to find my own inner athlete. Of all that he has taught me, this latest blog of his is the foundation to all of that. He lives this latest blog in his council to me every single day. He reiterates over and over that there are times in life, when "no" is the answer to a lot of the questions you are asked. That way you can say "yes" to doing what it takes to be great.
In front of the big banyon tree the morning of Kona 2010, I sat with Chuckie and Ang and got those last minute words only a coach can give. I then went and demonstrated my CAPABILITY for 10 hours and 17 minutes.
I have lived many years of my life as a "Jill of all trades". Look at my bio, I climb, I ski, I mountaineer, I swim, I bike, I run, I sew, I knit, I ultrarun, I could go on here. But since I have been training under Chuck, mostly I'm a wife, a mom, a daughter, a swimmer, a biker, a runner, and I try to be a good friend to a select few. My circle has become smaller and smaller, and often the answer is "no".
I still have a ways to go. But I have an honest mentor, so much more that just a coach.
Thanks Chuckie, this one was like a giant GONG.