I don’t know if today’s title quote goes to Kayne or Daft Punk?
I want to sincerely thank everyone for commenting on yesterday’s post discussing the World Cup and athlete’s composure. Truly fantastic feedback. Y’all made enough noise to rival a vuvuzela, well maybe.
Now, on with the show.
You know the slogans, you’ve heard the taglines: “Have what it takes?” “Is it in you?”
Yesterday on the stage at Wimbledon, a fellow University of Georgia alumni John Isner showed the proud Bulldog nation, along with the globe, he had what it took during the WORLD’S longest tennis match against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut. There were like 10 other records shattered as well.
According to the Washington Post: “In terms of other sports, we’re talking about a 60-inning baseball game or a 10-quarter NFL playoff game. In other words, unreal.”
Endurance. It’s a word I associate with everything from running marathons to listening to my husband talk about history. It’s an ability to somewhat make your body push on, when all the signals in your brain are saying, “For the love of all that is holy, how about we toss in the towel here.”
Of course, after a martini Andrew thinks Mahut should have continued play. “Isner’s a professional athlete. Have fun out there. He looked like a shot brontosaurus. No need to exasperate the point, we know he’s exhausted. Mahut was still chasing down balls at the end.” Easssy there tiger. Isner is like 6’9, he has to work a bit harder regardless.
I have come to the realization that it is the ability to endure the good days and bad days of training, the little and big moments of tolerance that build character. It’s the training days when you feel you cannot do anymore that you learn endurance. Training isn’t just about the moment, it’s about the lesson. So hang in there.
Outside of a half marathon, I have endured long personal runs, days of hiking, near swimming disasters, more stair climbing than I care to count and personal injury.
I’ve also learned to stick with things. Pushing through the awkward and the uncomfortable phases of learning, because I believe that at the end I can swim out on top.
Having stamina is the mother of all workouts.
So do you have what it takes? Have you ever endured something you didn’t think you could?