Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal that will enable to to attain the success you seek...

“Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek” - Mario Andretti

 

I’ve been focused on pretty much one thing lately. The Race season in upon us. If I look at my schedule of races for the next two months and all the places that SUP is going to take me this year, I get SUPER excited and a little overwhelmed. I am not one to let fear take over or hold me back from accomplishing my dreams, instead I choose to use it as fuel to train even harder and smarter.

 Like today for instance, One of my biggest weaknesses in this sport is surf. I grew up and live in an area of completely FLAT water. Its an incredible place to paddle. It’s warm and beautiful year round. But I will never be able to surf like some of these girls who have lived their whole life at the beach. It is a almost 2 hour drive to a beach semi-decent surf break, but it seems there is never any swell when I have the time to make the trip or its really windy. I can go months between surf sessions. Well this weekend I got a taste of what it was like to paddle surf into some pretty windy conditions and it wasn’t so bad. 

I know I desperately need to train more in the waves. So today, instead of waiting for the weather to cooperate, I decided to take the heavy winds and small craft advisory head on. I didn't have time in my schedule to drive 3 hours round trip to the beach, but I did have time to make the 45 minute trip out to the reef from my house. So, I borrowed a boat and thats just what I did. 

Me and my dog Oscar went for a bumpy boat ride out to the closest reef and picked up a mooring ball. He watched me from the bouncing boat as I maniacally paddled up and down wind over and over and over again until it started to feel more and more fluid and comfortable in the waves. I feel proud of myself that I am so determined to improve and succeed, that I gathered up the guts to hatch such a plan. And it worked. And I hope I can do it again. (Or better yet that I can find someone to go with me and drop me off and I just paddle downwind back to shore)  The waves may not have been breaking, and I may still have a long way to go, but I am closer than I was yesterday. And that is something. 

Drifting downwind behind the reef and feeling pretty darn good :)