Race Team members thank you for the hippie circle on Thursday.
We took time as a team to understand and discuss the value of Perseverance. We talked about how it is a virtue that is not given, or asked for, but earned. It is earned when we meet a difficult moment in life and we believe in ourselves enough to over come it.
We took time to understand that it is a virtue that crosses boundaries in our lives, that we are going to need it in school, with our family and friends within relationships, and also in our physical pursuits.
We talked about Persevence last week because, this week we are going to talk about goal setting. We strongly encourage each youth to think about the year to come and find something that inspires them physically. We want to know and understand the goals of each youth so that we understand as coaches how to support them in their pursuit of their best self.
This is a post on Instagram from an amazing women Emily Harrington, a rock climbing sensation. I really like how she describes what a goal means. I want to encourage every youth to find a goal that is massivly inspiring enough that it truly pushes you to learn something totally new about yourself.
By no later than Thursday we are asking that every youth turn in a goal sheet for the season to come. Remember goals should not be result driven!! A goal can be I want to do my best in any race I do. It should not be, I want to win. Another goal could be I want to drop 1 minute off my A MTN time. It should not be, to beat a teammate up the hill. A goal could be I want to have excellent attendance and have the invitation to ride in Durango.
I never believed I could actually free climb El Cap in a day when I first set the goal for myself. It didn’t seem like a realistic objective for me. I didn’t have the skills, fitness, or risk profile to move so quickly over such a large piece of stone. But I chose it exactly for that reason. Impossible dreams challenge us to rise above who we are now to see if we can become better versions of ourselves.
On Nov 4 I started climbing with @alexhonnold at 1:34am, caught between my own internal drama of achieving a life goal and the more prevalent one of the elections – both unfolding in parallel ways in my brain. I knew I was in for a big day – but that’s exactly why I was there. I wanted to find my limit and exist in it and fight beyond it.
A nasty slip on the 13a Golden Desert pitch almost took my resolve – a deep gash on my forehead left me bloody and defeated. I pulled on again, part of me not really wanting to stay on the wall, the other part gathering courage and flow. I kept thinking “why am I still hanging on?”
The next pitch was the A5 traverse, where I failed last year. This time it was not my limit. I fought hard but with flawless movements in the dark. I cried at the belay – it could happen this time….The final 5 pitches felt scary in my current state but I pulled over the final lip at 10:30pm in disbelief.
There’s a lot more to say but mostly I wanted to express my gratitude for the love and support from friends, family, and strangers. I feel the love so intensely right now. Thank you all 🙏🏻
Massive thanks to @alexhonnold for climbing with me over these years, you’ve inspired me to think bigger and believe in myself in ways you cannot imagine. To @jonglassberg for your friendship, creativity, and ability to capture a story while at the same time keeping it light and always fun. And finally to my best friend, partner, lover, fave human of all time @adrianballinger – your support and love for me through the darkness and the light has never wavered. I love you endlessly ❤️❤️❤️
More to come!!!
The whole news article here: https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/emily-harrington-climbs-yosemites-el-capitan-day/story?id=74074580