We always have more inside of us than we think we do.
In a tough workout, we may be exhausted, but we can always keep pushing for another 10 or 20 seconds. We get outside of our comfort zone and push just a bit more than we thought we could. In the midst of a game, you can bet that despite how tired we are, we’ll find the energy to push for one or two more plays in an attempt to win.
Derek Redmond may be one of the most famous Olympians of all-time – even though he never actually won an Olympic gold medal. Many of us wouldn’t know his name immediately. But have you ever seen the video of the Olympian hobbling to the finish line, face in tears, as his father helps carry him down the final stretch of the track?
Alex Thornton is far from your typical 12-year-old girl. While most of her classmates are out playing games and talking about the latest Miley Cyrus song, Alex is training. Instead of playing pickup foursquare or local city league soccer, Alex is lifting weights.
And while most of her classmates aren’t even thinking about next week, much less next year, Alex is solely focused on the Junior Nationals and one day competing in the Olympics. Like I said, Alex is far from your typical teenage girl. Back in 2006-2007, Alex’s dad started to get into the new fitness craze CrossFit. He was immediately hooked and started bringing home PVC pipes and filling old basketballs with sand. He was telling the family and neighbors about this new sport and tried to get everyone involved. In 2007, when CrossFit Dallas Central opened their doors, Alex and her dad both joined. Although just 6 years old, Alex loved CrossFit but she quickly grew frustrated with the kids’ class because the other kids didn’t take it very seriously. Alex had the itch to compete and didn’t understand why her classmates didn’t share this passion.