Why do you race?
There are many reasons why people do what they do.
It’s my opinion that intrinsic inspiration will get you to your goals more than extrinsic motivation.
To break it down in my world…
Motivation is external.
Inspiration is internal. It’s the “why” you do what you do.
What if what’s motivating you to reach your goal isn’t there? Pay check from work goes away. No bonuses for the year. Didn’t get enough sleep to get your early workout in. Monotony of workouts for weeks on end to your A race getting to you. Your coach didn’t you enough emails, tweets or facebook likes on your workouts. When those external motivators dry up or come up short, it’s your internal drive that will keep you going when everything else is failing you.
For some, it’s as simple as setting a goal and committing to reach it. Finish an IRONMAN. Sub 9 hour IRONMAN. Finish a half IRONMAN. Heck, even to run their first triathlon.
But, for some, the race is only an extension of a driven person to achieve their personal best in anything they do. Triathlon is just the vehicle.
For others, it’s accomplishing a great goal to help others.
Through my coaching I have come upon several athletes looking to maximize their inspiration for something bigger than themselves while taking on the IRONMAN challenge.
One such athlete is Diana Woolf.
She will be racing IRONMAN Boulder in June 2018 for Rescue 4 PTSD. Their mission is to raise $25,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to support Life Safety Initiative #13 for Psychological Support by competing in Ironman Boulder Triathlon in full turnout gear. They hope to help firefighters recognize symptoms and access resources to manage job related PTSD.
“Fighting fires is a hazardous job but our firefighters also face trauma situations daily. It is an unavoidable part of their job as they respond to car accidents, medical emergencies, injuries and more. These traumatic events can wear on a person mentally and emotionally. As a result they are at extremely high risk for developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many cases are unreported due to the stereotypical tough, strong image a firefighter is supposed to portray. Diana suffers from job related PTSD and has seen many friends and colleagues go without the help they need.”