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Seeing the hard work that others put in to reach their goals, and knowing if they can do it, then so can I.
The other day I was bored and decided out of the blue to email the current 2000 meter rowing world champion for my age group and weight class. He also is currently the world leader in every distance from 1000 meters up to the marathon. By the end of the year, he wants to attempt world records for 100k and for a 24 hour row. He also attempted a trans atlantic row. I don't know him from Adam, but my email basically said that I was coming after him. In a nice tongue in cheek kind of way. Turns out that he, like many of the other elite athletes I've encountered, is not much different than many of us, having the same fears, doubts, and struggles that many of us do. Just a regular guy with lofty goals and an extra ordinary work ethic and talent to get him there. No shortcuts. He warmly welcomed my "challenge" and offered training advice and other tricks of the trade. He asked for a link to my training log and gave me a link to his, saying we could motivate each other. Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer perhaps.
The goal doesn't have to become world champion. It could also be losing those extra few pounds. Or shaving some time off your next run or race. Or even just getting out the door every day to do something. Seeing others get the job done, whatever it may be. That's what motivates me.