Rudy’s Road to Kona Series: Part 5
This 4-month series is dedicated to following Rudy’s journey as she is physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually preparing for the monumental challenge of competing in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI.
A challenge of this magnitude requires great strength, commitment, sacrifice and smarts which tests the best of the best in the world of endurance sport.
Throughout this series we promise to bring you the real story, not just the fluffy “everything is great” part of her journey, but also the vulnerable, authentic and insightful aspects of her preparation, her race and her post-race experiences.
Rudy’s approach to training and racing combines a refreshing blend of – mindfulness, reflection, mental skills and true, hard-ass grit.
In part 5 Rudy’s healing is nearing 100% AND she is on track to race at the IM World Championships in Chattanooga, TN.
Fear – what about fear? What role does fear play in the progression of an athlete’s training and racing? Is it detrimental? Is it helpful and is it possible to “Smile at Fear” (a book she references called Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery).
During this interview Rudy discusses the infamous fears she and many people experience as IM athletes; deepens her understanding of suffering vs pain; and discusses how she will use the all the above in her upcoming race.
Rudy reflects on her current ‘rose/bud/thorn’ and discusses why the song ‘Begin Again’ by Dispatch speaks to her so loudly.