Looking Forward: Giving Back

October 1, 2011
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Today was a profound day for me, as I coached and yelled and heckled my athletes from the sidelines of the Pinehurst triathlon.  It was  so much fun to volunteer and to be a supporting presence on the race course.

My athletes were all stellar.  They all finished shaking, stumbling, empty, and triumphant.  They took risks.  They succeded. And I witnessed the growth of the next generation of superstars. 🙂 Focusing on THEM gave me pause.  And then re-focusing on them gives me direction.  I can see where I want to go.

It’s hard to let go of the NCTS after 4 years of holding the title, or to pro racing with the big girls, or to training a silly amount of time each week given coaching and my kids.  But hmm.  I must say, it’s actually quite enchanting. 🙂

I don’t know where things will go, with the stitches out and my foot still dead to the touch.

I keep hearing platitudes like “change is good” and “things happen for a reason” and “never give up, you’ll be back!”  Well, they are well meant, but I’m just not so sure.

But I am sure that I’m happy, right where I am. Imagine that.   Are you?  : ))




Stacey is a former professional triathlete turned full-time elite coach. Certifications include USAT Level I and II. USA Cycling Elite Coach, Levels 1, 2, and 3. USA Track and Field Level I. TRX Instructor Certification.

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