“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 :)