Seriously, I have the biggest girl crush on Linsey Corbin… it is a little weird! Most of the people I follow on this path to becoming a triathlete are more like me. They are mothers, full time corporate gals, some are chubby…er curvy like me. But this woman is a FULL TIME athlete. This blows my mind.
Her focus all day, every day is making herself a BEAST! I don’t really envy people, but I do fantasize what would it be like to get out of bed and instead of conference calls you have a whole day of training. I am pretty sure this old grandma couldn’t physically take it… but it would be cool as shit to try for a day! I keep thinking in the back of my head when I get close to the first tri this spring I might just do it that way one Saturday and Sunday.
And then there is her pain cave… I have more than fantasies about this. I am a very lucky single girl in the city of Chicago in that I have three bedrooms all to myself. This winter, I am 99.99% sure one of them will be my pain cave. (To everyone who complains I am giving up ‘your spare bedroom in the city’… How many times have you slept there???) I have already ordered the trainer. Her cave is in a garage (I think) and very clean and crisp. Mine will be a bit more me, colorful and cluttered. I am going to print/find motivational phrases… I love that stuff… and hang them up. Drag in a TV or at least a laptop for marathon Walking Dead/bike sessions.
She seems to always be smiling, maybe that is because her handsome hubby does a lot of her filming I'd smile for that cutie, too!! But I have the sense she appreciates she is strong and powerful and fortunate to have such an opportunity. Smile more… yeah, basically a good idea I can emulate. After all, my life is equally a fortunate, though in different ways.
This Saturday watching the Ironman World Championships in Kona I really admired her spirit. She didn’t have the swim she wanted and that meant getting on the bike mentally she was in a deficit. Still, she powered on and had a sub 3 hour marathon after an otherwise disappointing day (to her). I found every single step inspiring. (I was so bummed when the phone doing her tweeting died!!!) The physical power to complete such a daunting task – with that kind of grace – truly is Awesome. So inspiring, in fact, mid IMKona viewing I found myself outside for a 5k walk/run of my own.
That is what her attitude and style does for me – it encourages me to take one more step.
(I stole the picture above from her website…. Hope she forgives me… even if I am a little bit girl crush crazy!!)