“Work is Love Made Visible”: Train With Your Heart

photo-233I stumbled across this quote on the wall of the iLab last week while working on some YoungTri projects. While short, it carries a great deal of meaning — work is love. Putting time, effort, and passion into your work (for the purpose of triathlon, training) — rather than stress, dread, and negativity — increases productivity, results, and happiness.

The full version of the quote is below:

“Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy”

― Kahlil Gibran

This especially applies to training. When we train with our hearts — with everything we have; down to the core with passion, focus, and excitement, we often see much better results than if we are constantly dreading workouts or focusing on the negative aspects of each workout.

The most successful athletes — especially triathletes — pour their heart into their work (training).

If you’re stuck in a workout rut, find yourself beating yourself up over training results — or even if things are going well lately workout wise — give today’s workout some extra heart. Whether it’s finding inspiration from a touching story, challenging yourself to run that extra mile or pedal up that hill just a little bit faster or otherwise, small changes can lead to increased satisfaction, happiness, and drive in your training.

Go for it.

Train with your heart.

Give it everything you’ve got. 

It makes a HUGE difference.

How do YOU train with heart?

Tri Hard,