There is only so much I can do in a month and I am going to prepare myself the best that I can.

~Michael Phelps

I’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics.
I have shed a few million tears.
I’ve been inspired so many times I can’t begin to sum it up.
As a result, I decided to research Olympic training technique.
Unending amounts of information popped up.
I’m sure you are not surprised by that.
I wasn’t.

Here are but a few phrases that played on repeat, phrases that stood out for their simplicity and effectiveness:

-Train every day.
-Keep your eyes on the prize.
-Be specific with your goals.
-Time is precious. Use it wisely.
-Take care of your body and it will take care of you.
-Know when to rest.
-Recovery is key to rejuvenation.
-Just keep moving.

I now see this particular passage of scripture with different eyes:

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.

~1 Corinthians 9:25-27 

My conclusion? I will never become an Olympic athlete. I’m ok with that. What I’m not okay with is being someone who just beats the air. What a waste of my life. My challenge? My ‘personal best’? To look at my mundane Monday mornings as my pool for gold.

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