Every Saturday morning, we have take a moment for the mission. Our “mission moment” is the time that we take to remind ourselves of why we are doing what we are doing. As we prepare for long workouts on Saturdays, it can be overwhelming. As the season progresses, it’s clear that it’ll become more challenging and more overwhelming with each week. HOW am I going to do this? WHY am I doing this? But, we have a mission. We are not out there training for a triathlon simply for ourselves, but to raise money and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
On Saturday, Coach Gurujan shared a mission moment with us from a few years ago. His team was gearing up for their final swim, two miles at the La Jolla Cove, a week before the race. Their honored teammate called to say he wasn’t going to make it because he was stuck in traffic and to enjoy the swim. Gurujan did his best to amp up the team for their swim when he received a phone call from his fiance Alice. She was with her mother who was in the hospital with leukemia. “She wants to talk to you,” Alice said.
So, Gurujan got on the phone with Alice’s mother and the following conversation took place.
“Are you there with your team Gurujan?”
“Yes, I am.”
“Are you at the La Jolla Cove?”
“Yes, we are.”
“And you’re going to swim the cove today?”
“Tell your team that I too have swam there… and that I will never swim there again. —Is it beautiful today?”
“Yes, it is.”
“Tell your team that I too have been standing where they are standing and seen that beauty too. Tell them that I will never see that beauty again.”
And so they swam… with everything they had. Alice’s mother passed away three days after that phone conversation.
Tonight, I swam and Saturday’s mission moment bounced around in my head. Enjoy this beauty. Know that others have been here before me… they have swam where I am swimming. Know that they too experienced this… and surpassed it. Remember the reason.
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For those of you wanting to know more about Team In Training, please enjoy the following video from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s YouTube page: