30 Jul '15, 1am

How one runner conquered her fears to turn her weaknesses into strengths.

How one runner conquered her fears to turn her weaknesses into strengths.

Unfortunately, if you want to excel at racing or reach a specific goal, you not only need to do the things you hate, but you have to do them a lot. It can be a total bummer but also fantastically rewarding. Triathlon has a wonderfully magical way of revealing your greatest weakness. As a runner, mine has always been the water. Before my very first triathlon, I was so afraid of the open water swim that I didn't practice at all. I can see the lake, where the event was being held, from my house and I would ignorantly smile as I rode and ran past it, never once venturing in. Obviously, on race day, my swim was lacking and it took me forever to complete the quarter mile. Fast forward five years or so. I have come to truly love the swim. How did I get here? By consistently working on my weakness, it has become my strength. It improved my overall fitness, reduced my risk for inju...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/run-matters/turn-your-weaknes...

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