Yesterday was a good day. I had a “sleep in” (even if it was only until 7!), and was powered through the last key long run before Lake Placid by an epic stage of Tour. Time to relax in the afternoon and a good dinner in the evening – a perfect day it was. And then I got up this morning and as I went about my usual routine pre-swim I caught up on news and twitter. And I got a little bit sad because so much of it was all about speculation over whether the current leader of the Tour is doping. And I get it – I do. I fully understand the data and the numbers and how maybe it doesn’t add up as to why one rider may be riding as well as they are right now.
But, until proven otherwise, I’m going to believe the best in them. And yeah, I know – it’s annoying when people always see the world through rose colored glasses. But in sport, I have to.
I have to because I believe that hard work really does pay off. And that hard work really can make you go from good, to great. And that hard work can lead to some phenomenal, mind boggling, data-defying results.
Believing the best in others, the best in sport, and the best in yourself is the easiest way to gain an advantage. A reminder of this came a midst all of the speculation about the Tour as Meredith Kessler won Vineman, just 4 weeks after a serious crash at Eagleman. Her first tweets after this race?
And she’s right. Positive thinking gets you results. You don’t do great things with doubt. Surround yourself with those people who believe in you and all of the crazy dreams you dream. As I head into the days before Lake Placid, I know I am.