Every four years for three weeks in August, we have the pleasure of watching the best tirathletes on Earth compete for their countries. This year, the world will watch as more than 10,500 athletes representing more than 200 countries, (well 200 if Russia are allowed in…) will compete in 306 events in 28 sports.
Sadly, fewer than 2,500 athletes will walk away from the Games with either an individual or team medal. Even though that may mathematically seem like a fairly respectable 24 percent chance, consider that the odds are actually less than that because a single athlete can (and sometimes does) win multiple medals at the Games. The odds become even slimmer if you’re just talking about the gold medals. There are only 812 of those babies out there.
Win or lose, we’ll all be captivated by the incredible speed, grace, skill, power, strength and sportsmanship of these incredible specimens. the team here have been inspired by the Rio games, how as a normal triathlete do you learn from these suer humans who have been given or earned (depending on how you view it) the chance to inspire… Everyone, now that is a huge ask so what can we learn.
Even if we may appear to be very different, there are so many lessons they can teach us about life.
9 Lessons We Can All Learn From Olympians
- Focus is imperative to success. All you have to do is look at the level of preparation that the Gold & Silver medal winners in triathlon undertook to win this double. They planned for weeks, months and years to be on that podium together. All you have to look to the bothers and the fact that they kept out of the temptation of the Olympic village for as long as possible so that they were focused.
- Don’t be afraid to dream an impossible dream.
As I watch their interviews and stories, I can’t help but wonder what if they had decided to give up on their dream. It just goes to show that confidence is key. No one ever won a medal that didn’t, at some point, believe that he or she could win. No matter what your goal in life, you won’t make it if you don’t believe. As Ironman says “Nothing is impossible”,
- Eating 10,000 calories is acceptable.
At last its fact Triathletes can eat this much in one day. Well you have trained for 5 hours today right? One of the things that came out of the social media profile of Ryan Lochte is that he gets through a STAGGERING 10,000 calories in a day of training and is still as ripped as we all are… We maybe he is a little fitter, what’s in the 10,000 calorie day – have a look
- Everyone has to start somewhere.
These people are humans just like you and me. Sure, they may have been somewhat gifted genetically, but at some point in their lives, they were all beginners. Don’t let the long road ahead keep you from chasing your dreams. We’re all beginners before we become great. As a Triathlete this is harder than for most other triathletes, Which triathlon distance is for you?
- The clock is always ticking.
Think about how different your life would be if you knew that you only had a shot of reaching your goal once every four years. What if you didn’t have tomorrow to try again to get it right? What if this moment, right here and right now, is all you ever have? These athletes have a sense of urgency when it comes to their goals. There’s no guarantee that they will have a chance to come back and try again. Sometimes, to get what you want, you’ve gotta be bold and willing to take risks. Act like every moment of your life counts … because it does.
- Swimming with open fingers WORKS.
Multiple Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Michael Phelps, swims with open and relaxed fingers. The role of your hands in swimming is to provide a larger surface area to propel yourself forward in the water. Slightly open fingers help create a larger surface area, which also helps you maintain balance. Your fingers should be relaxed, not floppy. Allow them to open naturally, rather than spreading your fingers with your hand muscles.
Don’t be afraid to dream an impossible dream.
You’ve got to be willing to start over.
Many of these athletes’ stories can be summed up with one word … resilience. They all had odds to overcome and many, at some point, had to fight their way back from a potentially career-ending injury. But even if you’re not hurt, every four years the Games are over and the preparations and training have to start all over again. When you suffer a setback, remember that it doesn’t mean your journey is over. You can’t be afraid to pick yourself and get back on the horse.
There’s a ton of glory in the journey.
Let’s be real here, many of the faces you see proudly marching for their countries in the Opening Ceremonies are aware of the slim odds of getting a medal at the Games. Does that keep them from beaming from ear to ear and feverishly waving their country’s flag? Absolutely not. They prove that even if the odds are stacked against you, it’s still possible to show up and enjoy the ride. Many athletes will leave the Games without a medal but they all still have a lot to be proud of. Don’t get so fixated on the result that you forget to enjoy the process and be proud of yourself along the way.
Olympians are Coachable
Companies, entrepreneurs and other super-achievers have finally started catching on to something Olympic athletes have known for years: if you want to maximize your potential at anything, hire a coach. Human beings are primarily emotional creatures, and competent coaches are experts at stoking the fires that burn within. Coaches can’t create a flame, but the good one can turn a small flame into a blow torch.
The bigger the champion is, the more open-minded they are to coaching. The people who need it the most would never consider it, and those who need it the least would never go without it. The logic behind coaching is simple: when two champions go head-to-head, many times the only thing that favours the winner is a slight edge in thinking, strategy and technique. Coaching can provide this advantage that all champions look for