It was a unique opportunity I had in March to travel to Baja and swim with sea lions. I knew it would be amazing and I knew I would learn important lessons. I also knew those lessons might take some time to come about. And what better time to remember swimming with sea lions then after a track workout that didn’t quite go my way. The conditions were perfect but my legs had no pop. I worked hard, but I missed my times. I could dwell on where I came up short and why I came up short or I could take it for what it was and move on. Back at my computer, while waiting for my workouts to download off my Garmin, I scrolled through some photos and founds this one of a friendly sea lion in Baja. He was curious. He was discovering what was around him. He was definitely playful and, well, you can’t be playful without also being a bit joyful. This was how I needed to approach the rest of my day. So I had a “bad” workout. Was it really bad? Or was it just not perfect? What if I was just curious instead of judgmental? What if I replaced my anxiety with joy and playfulness? I’m betting that my productivity would increase and that any “mistakes” would quickly be absorbed to make me stronger and more authentic.
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A sportswriter turned triathlete and distance runner, Amy Moritz became an adult-onset athlete in her 30s. While in love with the sport and all it brought her, she was nagged by a lingering question: Was she really an athlete? Through this memoir, Amy describes her own journey to defining herself as an athlete and explores why it can be so challenging for women, of all abilities, to do the same. You can buy the book (paperback or Kindle versions) on Amazon.
I'm Amy Moritz -- a sportswriter who fell into being an endurance athlete. Originally a way to get and stay healthy, I've found running (and cycling and swimming) the way in which I make sense of the world. It's helped me discover people and places both in my native 716 (a.k.a. Western New York) and around the world. Follow along with my journey and share your own. Because we all have the ability to create our own story.
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