Going to the Olympics
August 07, 2019
We had a young man (16 years old) who was running track, the 100m, and said he wanted to make the Olympics. He was from Nigeria and needed our help with training, which we provided through our training app themost.fit.
In one of our conversations he asked, “but what are the benefits of becoming an Olympian?” With that, it took about 2 seconds for me to crank out the Top 10 Benefits of being an Olympian. When you read them, keep in mind, the 2 second thing is pretty accurate– having been an Olympic spectator and then later a coach, I have an opinion on the subject. I call it the top 10, but that is also in the eye of the beholder...
These are first thoughts, unedited, and recalls from past experiences.
Top 10 Benefits:
- Monster accomplishment.
- Learning to harness your emotions, becoming insanely disciplined.
- Seeing things and meeting people you otherwise never would.
- Potential travel opportunities if you rise through the ranks.
- Doing something many dream of, but very few reach!
- Gaining tools and reserving them for times when they may not be available.
- Success or not, being able to tell others about that experience and what it takes.
- Understanding that when you or anybody says, "I want to..." There is another truth: "Says easy, does hard."
- Watching the Olympics on TV and being able to say, "been there, done that."
- Learn about yourself, moving forward through life, knowing what you are capable of or not.
The Olympic experience comes to us with virtual 24 hour day broadcasts and we see the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat and even some behind the scenes stories. It even goes much deeper than that. Let's get into the phrase Olympic Cycle.
This is the four years between the Games. To go along with these years are the World Championships that land on the off year of the Olympics. I’m not sure, as an athlete, that you are ever really in offseason. For some there is financial reward, but for the majority there is a huge financial expense and risk to make the effort. What you need to take away from this is: It is all worth it. Every step of training, every long ride to competitions, every second of doubt and yes, the thrill of victory that you may achieve– all of it!
Stay tuned for more info on this; there is much more written about it in the B.O.B. series on Draftr.com.
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