The winner of Stage 16 of this year's Tour de France is a world champion time trial rider and had ridden in 9 past TDF's but had never won a TDF stage, a sought-after prize for most pro cyclists.  Michael Rogers was asked in a post-race interview what made the difference this year - how did he accomplish what he was not able to in previous years.  His response was simply that he took risks that he was not willing to take before and the risks paid off. 

Taking risks is not easy - it requires a leap of faith; or a deep knowledge of one's self; or simply a willingness to accept consequences.  With Michael Rogers, it was probably a combination of all:  relying on his past world championship wins, his prior TDF experience, and his current fitness level to give him the confidence (faith) he could cross the finish line of Stage 16 victorious, plus the willingness to accept the disappointment if he, once again, did not win. 

This is a great lesson for all of us, both in life and athletics.  Sometimes, we just have to be willing to put it all on the line - to not hold back or second-guess our ability to get it done.  Thanks, Michael, for inspiring me today!

Swim workout
200yds. free/200yds. back

2 x 25yds. right arm
2 x 25yds. left arm
2 x 50yds. 6-kick switch
100yds. progress by 25
the above set to be done in 2 rounds:  1 round free + 1 round backstroke

4 x 200yds. done as:
150 yds. free easy/50yds. backstroke strong
100yds. free easy/100yds. backstroke strong
50yds. free easy/150yds. backstroke strong
200yds. backstroke strong

the above set is repeated, changing the free to backstroke and the backstroke to free



09/12/2015 3:12am

This is a very inspiring blog. Taking risks is really not easy. Most of us are scared to step out of our comfort zones and try to experience what it is to be in our courage zones. We are hesitant, we are unsure, we are afraid to revise, to reshape, to redesign, to restyle, to reorder or redo old things in our lives because we are afraid to face the risks that we will encounter. Taking risks does need our strong decision, our strong determination, our great assessment that we need to face these, we need to have the courage, to be greater, to be stronger, to be better, to be a winner. We then realize that our great efforts, despite the risks, have helped us for the best. Wow, this post is very inspiring. Thanks for the motivation, too.

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