From Dai! athlete Trixie Bradley:
I participated in the Chico Stage Race for the first time this year. I was very excited and looking forward to this race for months. It wasn’t until I was on my way to Chico that the nerves started to set in. On my way, my coach, Julie Young texted. I told her how nervous I was and she told me we all get nervous, but take this opportunity to take control. She reminded me that I am in control of my thoughts and they do not control me. Deep down I know that but how easily I forget it under pressure. It reminded me of all life’s lessons I hold dear: Think before you act….Don’t react but respond…Don’t let your emotions get the best of you! Getting her insight helped my nerves go away and to not lose sight of the woman I strive to be and how I tackle this thing called life and racing.
You see, I am a woman of faith. I believe that God created me and that this life here on earth is just a moment of time. Life is full of ups and downs and we get ourselves into situations where we have to make decisions. We are full of emotions and how we choose to deal with them is up to US! Racing for me intertwines my life on earth and my faith. I am very competitive and can easily get wrapped up into my self. The amount of time I spend training, my attitude at races and preparing. I put these expectations on myself and if I am not careful I get all consumed with racing and winning.
You see my weekend racing in Chico did not go as well as planned. I just did not have what I needed to finish strong! It was on the last stage during the TT where I got to make those life choices. I was already feeling disappointed from my performance in the Criterium and could have easily carried that over onto the TT. Instead, while getting passed during the race I choose to encourage those ladies. I truly was amazed at there ability and so happy they were doing as well as they were!
On my drive back home I got a call from my coach. She reminded me that everyone has off races and it just helps us fuel our training. It keeps us motivated and moving forward. If everything came easy it would not mean as much. It’s funny how life works out because not doing well at Chico reinforced the importance of the choices we make in life and how our choices can affect others. It reminded me to keep the true importance in life my top priority and to always keep a smile on my face and to love others even in my own adversity. It was through my coaches words of advise that I was able to process and set forth the right path. To me…my coach is not only someone who develops my exercise plan but also helps me to keep perspective in my life. So, thank you coach Julie for always being there to speak truth into my life and for encouraging me to always race with abandon! You’re truly are very special!