Every champion seems to have a secret weapon that gets them to the finish line before anyone else. The weapon I am thinking of can raise you above the rest of the field because it shows one's impermeability to pain and suffering that the race can bring. I am working on a hunch here and I have but little scientific fact to really back me up, but I think I may be on to something. In triathlon, I can think of two female champions that share this special tool in each of their arsenals. Natasha Badmann used it consistantly throughout all of her 6 Ironman World championship victories and so does Chrissy Wellington, Ironman's more recent queen of the Kona. What's best about this weapon is that it doesn't cost a thing. You don't need any special training to use it. In fact if more people used it, racing an Ironman (or any sporting event for that matter), would feel like a trip through Willy Wonka's indulgent chocolate factory. Really, it's the best thing going. Can you guess what this indispensable tool is?
A smile is an incredible tool! It accomplishes far more than most realize. A smile says that your external performance is based on your internal well being. It says that you have come to the starting line appreciating the opportunity you are about to embark on. It shows that you wont let the stress of the race get the better of you. It shows that pain is merely fleeting and the smile can bring you to pain's other side; accomplishment. A good smile will also help you get through the rough spots, keeping you positive as the road gets bumpy. I'll even venture to say that this sentiment goes far beyond the sporting world. People who smile more seem to stay within reach of success. People who see you smile, see you in a more positive light. It's a win-win scenario.
So there you have. I have given away the secret to success. I hope you all heed the advice because it always makes for a better photo opportunity. The next time I happen to be pointing a camera at you (and even when I'm not) smile, it may help you reach your life goals.
A bit more on smiling HERE! The internet tells all!
Kate, Natasha Badmann and Peter. She is a 6 time world champion and always has a smile!
Badmann racing the World Championships with a smile.
Smiles all around from four of the fastest triathletes in our little pond. The 10's, 20's 30's and 40's are well represented here.