Anything is Possible if You Want It Bad Enough

Anything is Possible if You Want It Bad Enough

Rob at ET Bataviaby Rob K.

This year’s ET Batavia Triathlon was my second tri and was much better than my first. I cut my swim time in half!  I owe that to my ET masters swim class and help from Coach Joe and my other swim coaches.  I’ve also made significant improvements in my biking thanks to Coach Sarah and the Experience Triathlon group rides.  I’m now looking forward to the Racine 70.3 Ironman on July 21.  This is something I didn’t think was possible a year ago.

One incident from the ET Batavia Tri is worth sharing and illustrates what makes our sport great.  As I was lined up waiting along the edge of the quarry (along with hundreds of other swimmers) waiting for my turn to hit the water, I noticed a woman who had just started her swim and seemed to stop out of fear.  She paddled to the edge of the quarry and made her way to a ladder and hung on.  Everyone was watching.  She pushed off and started swimming again but hesitated and turned back to the ladder.  At this point many silently thought her race was over and that she would climb out.  To everyone’s surprise, she put on a look of determination, pushed off and continued her swim, this time all the way around the quarry.  Everyone cheered and clapped.  I had to smile – not just for her grit but also because of the support of fellow triathletes who have been there and know that anything is possible if you want it bad enough.

“I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it.” ~ Gale Sayers

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  • Great blog post Rob! You’ve come a long way. Looking forward to seeing you get it done at Racine this weekend. By the way, the athlete at ET Batavia you reference wrote me a wonderful thank you email after the race. She could not believe the amazing support she got on the pool deck from our volunteers and other athletes. She went on to say she would not have pushed on without the encouragement. It has changed her life! 🙂

  • Sarah Farsalas

    Congratulations on coming such a long way, Rob! Your own determination has been so evident on the group rides, and it’s been a pleasure to train with you! Looking forward to more rides to come! =)

  • Cathy Obordo

    Rob – Fantastic job on your 2nd triathlon! And you are going to completely rock it out at Racine! Can’t wait to cheer for you on Sunday!!

  • The title of your blog story pretty much sums it up in our sport and in life, Rob! It’s been fun watching your swim flourish on Wednesday mornings! Can’t wait to have fun on the Racine course with you tomorrow! 🙂

  • Rob,

    Congrats on cutting your swim time in half! Amazing how the ET swim coaches can help with that. I hope your Racine 70.3 Ironman was equally as rewarding.

    Thanks for sharing the story about the woman who conquered her fear of swimming at the ET Batavia Tri. It brought tears to my eyes. I love this sport!