Creating a New Arena

by Jessie Diggins, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist

"OPTIMIST:


SOMEONE WHO FIGURES THAT TAKING A STEP BACKWARD AFTER TAKING A STEP FORWARD IS NOT A DISASTER. IT'S A CHA CHA."


~Robert Brault

I feel like the last few years have been big opportunities for learning more about myself; learning what I can do, what I can't do (yet) and where I feel comfortable in the great balancing act of work, life, family time, and outside commitments. It's no secret that last summer I found myself completely overwhelmed by the number of things I was doing outside of training. I hadn't allowed enough time for simply recovering and absorbing the crazy amount of training I was doing. As a result, I found myself feeling just a little bit emotionally and physically tired all the time... not enough to really notice it as it was happening, but with some hindsight, enough to notice that I feel much better this year! Over the last three years, I've done a little cha cha dance of taking one small step forward, one step backward, slowing dancing my way to a happier place. I wouldn't take back my schedule of last year, any more than you'd want to eliminate a step from the dance! 

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I have so many friends on the World Cup circuit, from pretty much every country out there. It's exciting to me to meet kiers from around the world and to get to know them. Despite growing up in very different places, we're usually more alike than we are different. I also love the feeling of camaraderie that comes with recognizing that everyone has given a race their best effort, and you can be friends up until the moment the gun goes off, and friends immediately afterwards. I see this all the time on the U.S. circuit, but I see it on the World Cup circuit every weekend as well.

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To read more about camaraderie over competition and Jessie Diggins' outlook on life and athletics, find the full article and more great content in Issue 17 of Lake Time Magazine. Purchase or subscribe online HERE and support this independent publication. By becoming a member you would receive the latest issue PLUS great Lake and Company Shop perks!