“Are We There Yet?”

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As a child I remember sitting stuffed in the back seat of my mother’s brown station wagon, driving the interminable twelve-hour stretch from our home in Denver, Colo., to the tiny farm town of Orrick, Mo., where my brothers and I, the “city slickers” would spend two weeks of our summer vacation at the farm with our relatives. It was … Read More

It’s Time To Start Thinking About Quitting

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I’ve always thought of mental toughness as a trait that kept people going through the ups and downs of life, and grit as that thing whispering in your ear to follow your goals through to the very end. Never give up. Don’t be a quitter. That’s what my parents taught me. And I’m extremely thankful for that lesson. I have … Read More

Why Be A 10, When You Can Be A 10.9?

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I thought I was done with endurance sports. Five years ago today I was in Kona on the eve the Hawaii Ironman preparing for my race. I was ready, technically speaking, to go the distance. I knew I would wake up at 3:45am Saturday morning and if all went to plan, I would be racing until the sun went down. … Read More

Exploring Grit Through Female Athletes With Disabilities

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It’s been fifteen years and 19 days since my life changed and I was thrust into a new world. While riding my bike I was hit head on by a car and paralyzed from the chest down, requiring a wheelchair for mobility. As I emerged from the cloud of confusion that such a life change brings, I reignited my passion … Read More

How Do YOU Rebound?

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A couple of weeks ago, I picked up the shirts for my women’s fitness retreat, Camp Discovery, and my t-shirt printer gifted me a bonus shirt he had worked on for another client with whom he was working. The gray t-shirt has in bold letters: Its All About How You Rebound and is a promotion for a new documentary called … Read More

Are You Confined by Your Thoughts?

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September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month—   After fifteen years of using a wheelchair for mobility, you’d think I would be immune to it. Strangers boldly approaching and asking questions such as, “What happened to you?”, “Will you ever walk again?”, or “Wow, I thought my life was bad, but then I met you.” (I’m still not sure … Read More

Shooting is My New Paralympic Sport—How Did THAT happen?

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“Aristotle has taught me we all need a target to shoot at. We must have goals to guide our actions and energies. The Greek word for target was telos. Human beings are teleological creatures. We are hard-wired to live purposively, to have direction. Without a target to shoot at, our lives are literally aimless. Without something productive to do, without positive goals and a purpose, … Read More

What to do When Doubt Creeps In

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By all accounts, Susan Williams wasn’t supposed to be on the 2004 Olympic triathlon team. There were four Americans in front of her in the world rankings, and there were only three potential spots on the U.S. squad that would make the Athens Games (only the second time in history that the swimming, biking and running event would appear on … Read More

What I Now Know…

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Last night as I worked on the final logistics for the 2015 Camp Discovery, all I could think of was how tired I was and how much work it has been to put together another edition of this three-day retreat. I must admit it’s challenging to sustain a volunteer-run event such as this where the logistics run deep and our … Read More

Here’s What Happens When You Believe in Yourself

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Have you ever had that feeling that the seasons were changing? Not the seasons in the weather, but the seasons of your life? Over the past year I have made changes in my professional life, begun new side projects and most notably to me, begun competing in a new sport (more on this later), and redirected my goals toward making … Read More