So another week has started here in Clermont. I’ve been busy training and taking care of my recovery, so a couple of weeks have sneaked by unnoticed since the last blog post! This is another blog post that my readers asked for. More specifically, I was asked to write about the atmosphere in my new team here in the States.
What makes a great training atmosphere and ”climate”? A group of similar minded, competitive athletes, who push and cheer each other day in and day out. It’s great to be part of a team where people aren’t afraid to put in loads of work. This seems to be the secret ingredient - hard work. In a great training environment it is ok to be tired and train through tiredness. It’s ok to show weakness sometimes. That’s when others come and raise you up, show you and teach you. In a great training environment it is also ok to celebrate progress and successes, and it is often done together. A great training atmosphere for me is competitive, committed and humble.
We’re all aiming to be good athletes and being the best we can be, but what is it that really makes one a good athlete? In such a measureable sport as ours, the first answer that comes to mind is often results, but I want to look deeper than that. What brings results? I think a good athlete stands out from others by everyday dedication, having their eyes on the goal continuously. It doesn’t mean one couldn’t have fun while training, but it is very easy to see, who actually is focused and who’s not. Dedication to systematic high quality work brings results.
There are, of course, a lot of traits that make a good athlete, but another thing I want to emphasize is trusting the process. Good athletes have patience to trust the process they’re in and they understand that no single training session makes it or breaks it. It’s all about consistency and sticking to the process and having faith in your coach.
I’m very lucky to have such a great team around me with so many good athletes and experienced coaches. I hope some of their goodness rubs on me too. And yes, I’m ready to work for it – have always been :)
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