On April 26th, a friend suggested I join the Under Armour what’s Beautiful Challenge. She sent me this:
Inspired, I signed up on the UA site. I decided the challenge would be the perfect supplement to my National Championship training. (One of two secrets I kept from you.) I didn’t publicize my UA page. I didn’t tell anyone I signed up, not even the friend who suggested it. Why?
Because I was chicken. I was afraid of disappointing you, afraid of failing to meet your expectations. And that is a feeling no one wants. It nags. It drains. But more than that, it shames you. It’s hard to admit (publicly) that you’re afraid to fail. Yet, here I sit doing just that. Since I’m in revealing mood, I might as well tell you the rest. For the last few months I’ve been preparing to compete at the Duathlon National Championships in hopes of qualifying for the WORLD championships (secret #2). My plan was to tell you a long time ago. (See aforementioned chicken reference.)
Last night, I gave myself a good talking to, hand on hip, lips pursed and everything. Angel, now, you know wrong. You got all these people reading your blog as a source of motivation. You always telling them to believe in themselves and go for their dreams and look at you. All curled up in the fetal position crying about some race. I’m gonna need you to take your thumb out of your mouth, wipe that snot from your upper lip, put on your bike shorts, and act like you know. You got this, boo. The speech was effective.
Allow me to re-introduce myself. My name is Angel Stone. On June 3rd, I will be competing at the Duathlon National Championships in hopes of representing Team USA in Switzerland this Fall. I am also participating in the Under Armour What’s Beautiful challenge to inspire others to believe in themselves- no matter what. Yes, I am scared out of my mind. But I gotta go for it. That’s what I’d tell you to do. Wish me luck!