Last week, we had the privilege of going to hear Erik Weihenmayer speak, and what I assumed would be your typical “motivational speaker,” quickly turned into one of the most enlightening evenings of my life. You see, Erik Weihenmayer is an incredible man. But it wasn’t the fact that he has kayaked the Grand Canyon that got me, nor the fact that he has climbed the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent including Mount Everest. It wasn’t even that he did all of those things and countless others being blind.
To me, Erik Weihenmayer is an incredible man because of the way he lifts those around him to reach new heights. It’s the way that he allows you to see the greatness within yourself, and see the greatness in those around you.
In one hour, Erik taught me that we have a choice. Bad things will happen to us – that is undeniable. However, between the time that something bad happens, and our reaction, there is a space. A tiny little space, but that space makes all the difference. In that space, we have a CHOICE. Will you let what happens to you define you, or will you define it? Will you CHOOSE to react in a way that serves you and those around you?
Simple but powerful beyond measure. Let’s say you get injured – you could choose to think about how far behind you will be, the competitions you will miss, the hard work it will take to get back to where you were. OR, you could CHOOSE to see this as an opportunity – an opportunity to let that hard work fuel your fire to become an even better athlete and human being than you were before. You can choose to see this obstacle as something that will build you up, not tear you down.
“What’s within you is stronger than what is in your way.” This is the statement that is the cornerstone of Erik’s “No Barriers” foundation. A foundation thats sole purpose is to empower people to push their comfort zones, to live with vision and purpose, to build connections with others that inspire community and trust. To help people realize that the key to turning lead into gold is within themselves, the world, and the people they surround themselves with. I encourage you to check out the website: http://www.nobarriersusa.org. I can guarantee you will be in awe of the things that people have accomplished simply by CHOOSING to believe in themselves and their inner strength.
WOOOO!!! It’s summer! No school and sunshine for days, what could be better?? After a long and exhausting winter of managing training, travel, competition, make-up work, and school, sitting by the pool for some well-earned rest and relaxation sounds like the perfect way to unwind.
And it’s true – you’ve worked hard, and you’ve EARNED the right to chill out. Here’s the thing: We’ve got a few months of glorious weather and time on our hands to fill however we choose. Why not choose to use it PRODUCTIVELY, taking purposeful steps towards your goals??
Summer can be an OPPORTUNITY. An opportunity to:
- Active Recovery – Go out and do something you love to do!! Whether it’s bombing down some single track or playing soccer with your friends, the sunshine is begging you to get out and enjoy its rays. The cool thing is that by playing other sports and engaging in other physical activities, you are developing other muscle groups and aerobic capacities that will help make you a more well-rounded athlete – and guess what?! That will make you a better skier!
- Rest!!! I know it’s fun to stay up late, but your body needs rest! Get some recovery sleep – it is incredibly important in both physical and mental functioning.
- Build Muscle – Spend some time in the gym building muscle, functional movement, range of motion, and power – all of those are things that we need to not only perform at a higher level, but to stay injury free!
- Nutrition – Start dialing in your performance diet – fuel your body for what you want it to do! With each healthy, smart choice you make, your body will thank you, and your mind will start developing healthy eating habits. And as always, don’t forget to be drinking lots and lots of WATER!!!
DEVELOP A PERFORMANCE MINDSET
- Imagery – See yourself getting runs in, or perfecting a certain technique. Not only is it motivating and confidence-building, but it is actually strengthening the neural pathways in your brain – so you are actually getting “practice!” The better you get at imagery now, the more it will help you on competition day.
- Self-Talk – We are constantly talking to ourselves (no, that doesn’t make us crazy! That makes us human) – in some competitions, that self-talk can get pretty harmful (“what if I crash?” or “that skier is better than me”) – practice using helpful self-talk in your other summer activities – let the harmful thoughts go and choose to focus on thoughts that help you in the moment
- Your BRAND NEW season starts NOW!!! Learn from last year, and move FORWARD. Your success and progress this season starts with the hard work you put in this summer.
Live every day with a purpose! Set some goals for the summer and get started! READY, SET, GO!!!
Let us know if we can help you – we have an awesome staff that can answer your nutrition, strength and conditioning, and sport psychology questions. Just email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Winter Park Competition Center’s Sport Performance Blog!
Everyone here has a passion for what they do and a desire to excel at it while having the most fun possible. The difference between those who succeed and those who do not, is differentiating the DESIRE to win and DOING THE WORK REQUIRED. WPCC’s Sport Performance Program is stacked with highly qualified experts whose job is to help you put in the work, giving you an abundance of resources to set you up for achieving your goal, whatever it may be.
This blog is a place for those experts to keep you up to date on what is happening in the world of sport science – from nutrition, to strength and conditioning, to training your mind for performance, we can work towards building excellence as athletes, parents, coaches, and simply just as human beings.
What you can expect to find here:
- Tips on how to train your brain so that you can think in the most effective way to help your performance
- Trends in sport nutrition so that you can fuel your body for performance
- Helpful articles on what’s new in strength and conditioning as well as recovery, so that your body is primed both in season as well as during the warm months
- Ways to improve your focus, confidence, self-motivation, ability to overcome obstacles, and guidance on creating a competitive mindset
- If you are a parent, information on how to support your athlete through the ups and downs of sport and life in general
- Tips for coaches to add into their extensive teaching knowledge on how to better connect with their athletes and help them as they strive towards achieving greatness in all aspects of their lives
We believe that there is always something new to learn – we can always be looking for ways to improve ourselves as athletes, coaches, parents, and as people!
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