Put down your potato chips and soda for this story that is about to change your life and the way you view motivation, setting goals and making excuses.
Originating from Nashville Tennessee is a no doubt Unstoppable Warrior Mom. She is a triathlete, runner, loves boating with her husband and two beautiful daughters and can be found spending her working hours as a Counselor and Success Coach.
Today I have the privilege of sharing my interview with Ironman Rachel Weeks. She has an incredible story to tell and she’s so young that we’ve got a lifetime more of exciting things to watch from this amazing woman. So grab your journal so you can take some notes, a box of tissues and you better go ahead and lace up your shoes because after reading this you’re going to be drawn to the pavement to starting pounding some miles of your own. There will be no more excuses after meeting Rachel.
Joanna: Rachel please tell us what motivated you to get into IM? and training for all of the other races you have been doing?
Rachel: My professor at USF in my grad program was in her sixties when she did her first IM. She went on to Kona two times to compete in her age category. My professor had overcome alcoholism, obesity, cigarette smoking, dysfunctional relationships and went back to school and became a Ph.D to help others do the same while training for the IM races as well. I was sold! The only thing was is that I was 7 months pregnant with my first daughter and could not see that happening in the near future. I am also hearing and visually impaired and needed help if that were to be possible. So the dream was put aside while I began raising my girls and finishing my grad degree. My sister was asked to do a half marathon by a friend and I thought that would be so cool but with my impairments I was not sure how I could be in a race environment without being all over the place and knowing where the course was let alone not bumping into other runners. Through much research and contacts I found out about guide running and that led to triathlon guiding as well. So the dream became very possible! I race because I can! Truly, it brings me so much happiness and freedom to be able to run, swim and bike and race alongside my peers. I love endurance because there is always a point that you began to think you can't go even further and when you grab that strength and say, "Watch me!" and push through, there is no better feeling then to tap into that power. Very amazing feeling!
Joanna: Rachel you enter the races from a different perspective than most athletes. Can you tell us what cause you are supporting and WHY?
Rachel: I support any organization that makes it possible for disabled athletes to participate in sports. Sometimes I help raise money and sometimes I run in races as a participant to show my support. The main one that I fundraise for is Foundation Fighting Blindness. I host a golf tournament as well to raise money towards research for a cure for retinal diseases. I have Usher's Syndrome Type 2 which is one of the diseases they research. Other organizations that I have supported and currently support are CDifferent, CDifferent with Aaron, USABA, CAF, Team with a Vision, NIB and Team RWB
Joanna: You really are a Super Unstoppable Warrior Mom... two jobs, two kids and a husband and training for an IM.... is it even possible to get an idea of what a day in your life looks like?
Rachel: This question makes me smile! While I am "busy" I get a ton done in a day but I also have down time too! Secret: Plan your day! Schedule it and keep momentum in the areas of your life you are committed to. I am not rigid with my schedule. If something comes up I move some things around and get it done just the same! Sample day....
Get up, personal growth and fuel, get the girls off to school, train, coach, conference call, coach, pick up the girls, devote an hour to household chores, devote an hour to connecting whether its FB, Twitter, email, phone call to my friends and peer group, train again, dinner, bedtime routine, read a little, plan my next day and prep for clients and training for the following day.
You will notice that TV is very much missing...its my personal belief that I can spend my time doing much better things! If I sit in front of the TV it is to watch comedy : )
Joanna: What are your current and future goals?
Rachel: IM TX May 18th!
Then its on to training for a 135 mile bike and 5K run in Wisconsin to support MyTeamTriumph, Annual Golf Tournament, write my eBook and continuing rocking with my life and career coaching! And receicing hugs and kisses from my girls daily.
Joanna: Advice for aspiring Iron Man?
Rachel: Respect the race for what it is but don't make it bigger than it needs to be! Train, eat healthy, drink lots of water, sleep good but don't push aside everything just to be an IM. You can do all those things you just need to plan effeciently, know that it isn't perfect and enjoy yourself! Its suppose to be fun!
Joanna: Advice for moms who "just don't have time to workout"
Rachel: Love this question! Make time, eliminate useless activity, get up earlier, do everything you can! Your physical body is a prized possession. Treat it well, there is no better feeling to feel as active as your kids are AND you are being a great role model for your kids as well. Just do it!
Joanna: What’s playing on your ipod?
Rachel: Scream and Shout by Will.I.Am and Britney Spears, Skrillex, Deadma5 and Bass Nectar are all my pumped up music right now. I have a lot more but find myself resorting to that a bunch lately.
Joanna: Favorite food, prerace food and recovery food?
Rachel: I really love oysters! Ha. Always have. Prerace is Oatmeal, Coffee, Fruit and Gatorade. Recovery food....that’s a good question...I love Chocolate Coconut Water by Vita and pretty much any food will do! I have ate some strange combinations post race or long workout
Joanna: Who inspires you?
Rachel: Tony Robbins hands down is a huge inspiration to me. I am also so blessed to have such an amazing peer group and they all inspire me daily. Helen Keller and Sam Walton are two of my other major inspirations as well.
Joanna: Rachel, what’s your advice for making our dreams a reality?
Rachel: Get an outstanding psychology, the rest is easy...seriously! Be your best cheerleader and give and contribute to others. It is the best gift ever. Pick up Man's Search for Meaning by Vikor Frankyl and Awaken the Gian Within by Anthony Robbins. Also, surround yourself with people who will push you, stretch you, and raise you up. Your peer group is a huge factor in your success and goals!
Connect with Rachel and Support her Cause!
Team Light Up The Darkness on Facebook
@UshersAthlete on Twitter
Friends I hope you have seen the possibility of human potential in this story. When you set your mind to something, believe in yourself and work hard anything is possible. Rachel is a role model for us all to live and make the most of everyday. Please go out and connect with her. Encourage her and share some love friends!
It’s Friday, the last day of the month and this weekend is the perfect time to make a wave in your life and start living your dreams.
Have a Beautiful Day!
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