What Triathletes Can Learn From Apolo Anton Ohno

Apolo Anton Ohno is someone that I look up to.  His charisma, personality, dedication, humor, and grace are things that I envy. To watch Apolo take silver in the men’s 1500-meter speed skating event last night during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games, was one of the most exciting sporting events I’ve seen in a long-time (I honestly don’t watch many.)

While his second place finish was awesome, there was something he said during a side-bar interview that really caught my attention. I hope it really catches you attention as well:

“Before you go to sleep each night, ask yourself this question: ‘Did you do everything you could today to be at your very best?’ ” – Apolo Ohno

Whether you are a triathlete, runner, swimmer, kayaker, lawyer, politician, truck driver, banker, or a janitor, I think we all can take something from this quote.

It is not deep; it is not complex; it is not a lot of time investment.  Asking yourself this question and doing everything at your best is simply the only way to work, compete, live, and honor.

I must be honest.  I have been slacking the past two weeks.  Have I done everything I could to my very best?  No.  As shameful as I am to admit.  Tomorrow, I redeem myself.