Recipe for success- The Secret.
In the last few years, I have been fortunate and lucky enough to be around world champions ,olympic medalist and world cup winners almost every day. It's been pretty amazing to learn from all these world class athletes.
One of the first thing that I realized is that there is no "recipe for success". There is not a single similar path to world class performance. There is only your way. Sure, some elements are common in most of the top athletes but the stories are so different and so unique that it is hard to put a finger on what exactly makes them successful.
Here's the secret : There is no secret.
How many times have I witnessed something that a world class performer did and told myself: "Really? That's how he/she does that and still manages to be among the best in the world?" "Really thats the kind of training he/she does"? ... Oh well...
It's their uniqueness and the fact that they found THEIR way of getting to the top that impresses me the most. If your coach, manager, parents, friends, physios, etc. is telling you that HE/SHE knows the way to the get to the top, you should probably run away from that person. Surround yourself with people who have experience, who are willing to share it and who have an open mind and creative mindset. That will go a longer way than trying to copy someone else's path. Your crew is there to help you make good decisions and help you find your path. Not to run your show. You run the show.
One of the athletes that really stands out for me is Katerina Nash. Her many successes in so many different disciplines (MTB, Cyclocross, Xc Ski, etc.) makes her one of the most successful athlete in the world. Good or bad day, you know she's going to be a fierce competitor. You never questions if she really leaves it all out there. I've seen Katerina having a hard time walking because her whole body was so painful from crashing, but still finish top 10 in the world cup the next day. She does have her ups and downs, just like anyone, but she always manages to bring her A game to races.
Off the bike, she's an amazing human being, always willing to help people around her. I don't know many athletes who are involved as much as she is with different causes/charity events/ sponsor events. Maybe you didn't know, but thats because she doesn't spend her time talking about all that she does on social media. She just does it, genuinely.
For some reason, whenever someone is getting ready to race at an important event, I keep going back to this interview of Katerina to help them be in a positive, winning mindset, because that's part of a recipe for success.
Find the full interview here
“I have good legs”
“Confidence is high”
“Pressure is low”
"Course suits her well”
“Happy to be here”
“I’m going into the last week before worlds pretty positive”
“I’ll wake up and see what the course looks like” ---Does not stress about it, ready for any situation.
"There are a lot of fast, fun girls to race” -- Respect your competition. “From the front row, you have nobody to blame but yourself” - TAKING RESPONSIBILITY.
How would you feel if you had to race her this coming week-end?
Wanna get to know Katerina a bit more? You can always follow her in Instagram and read/watch these couple of interviews :)
Have a good week everyone!