During a lifting session in the final lead up to the 2018 Olympic qualifying races, my strength coach Max Lipset (loudly) reminded me that any pain I was in was my own doing. I had chosen to be there, at that moment, putting myself through some kind of wall-ball hell. I suddenly understood that anything is easy if you don’t care about it — it is the pursuit of excellence that is hard.
Invictus taught me to get out of my own way — in athletics, academics, and life more broadly. Throughout the sessions I discovered mental hurdles I didn’t know existed, and learned how to healthily unleash my inner winning-addict. At the same time, however, I gained an appreciation for letting go of perceived failures (a win is not always a win and the same is true for a loss), and worked on developing a self-sustaining platform for navigating life. Invictus made me more resilient, compassionate, and excellent in all arenas during any type of weather.