- "So... are you ready?"
- "That water looks really cold. I bet you wish you had a wetsuit."
- "Wow, you're like the ONLY one here with a mountain bike."
- "I've heard the hills are really bad and there's no shade at all."
- "What are the distances again? That's it? Well, I can do thaaaat."
This list of do's is harder for me to write than the above list of don'ts. My moods swing so much during each event. Something may motivate me early on during the run, and I may hate hearing those same words miles later. Overall, how the words are said, the tone of voice, the volume, the feeling behind the words, and who is saying it, all combine to make the words stick, or not.
Some words that work for me throughout race day:
- I'm really excited to watch you race today.
- What a great day for racing!
During the race:
- Get it done, Sara!
- You can do this, keep going!
- Go Mommy!
- Great race!
- I'm proud of you.
- Take your time, do what you need to do and then we'll pack up and head home.
Other signs of support:
- Making a home-made sign.
- Ringing cow bells.
- Showing energy and enthusiasm!
- Taking great race pictures.
What have your friends or family said, sung or written to make you move a little quicker as you swim, bike and run to the finish line?
Above Picture: Me this summer showing off a sign made by our oldest son.