Insight from pro-triathlete-Melanie McQuaid

Comments below taken from Tri Canada Magazine-Jan/Feb Issue, Melanie talks about her collapse just before the finish line at the 2011 Xterra Worlds in Maui

Excellence is a continual journey up a staircase where there is no top step. Every time you think you are getting closer to the top, you are presented with a new, and better, potential self. Sometimes you can’t even see what you could become until you take another step. Who you are today is nothing compared to who you could become tomorrow. You just have to keep focused on looking to find that potential. You will only find your maximum potential when you stop trying to improve.
 
When I prepare for races, I am only concerned with preparing myself. I don’t look at the competition. I look to how I can be at my absolute best. When I get to the finish line the tank should be empty.That way you are exposing your true potential.
 
Fear of failure is a funny thing. It is like a governor on your body that will always prevent it’s top speed. You will never know how fast you could be unless you put it all out there. You might believe you could of really done something but unless you really go for it you don’t know. You have to go out there and show yourself what you are really capable of. Even if it means you fail. Who cares about the lesser expectation that you might of achieved? It was less.
 
My mind is trained to turn my body’s complaints about discomfort off. Racing to unconsciousness basically indicates that I have the ability to use my mind to push my body further than it’s actual limits. I am completely stoked to learn that I have that skill.
You should never underestimate the power of disappointment.

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck”
Dalai Lama

This article spoke to me because I am getting more serious about triathlons, I love her discipline and passion for pursuing her best and all her potential. Great example of mind over matter (or discomfort). What a champion:) http://www.racergirl.com/

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