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!


16 Comments

Angel · 06/06/2012 at 1:41 pm

@Hrider. Yep, I teared up a little reading that – because I know how you sometimes doubt yourself. Let my story be a message to you. I had so much doubt. My clients saw it on my face days before the race. I was down. I was doubtful. But I couldn’t let myself NOT try. And look what happened. Anything is possible! I’m certain of it. You keep fighting, lil one. If you need a cheerleader, you know where to find me!

HRider · 06/06/2012 at 1:36 pm

Angel, it’s never easy for met to believe in myself (flashback to special event involving a swift handbag grab and a reaaaaalll purposeful saunter to the door)… but you motivate me beyond words. Very excited to keep trying every day for more. 🙂

Angel · 06/04/2012 at 4:17 pm

@E.D. Fear is powerful thing but I’m not going to let it stop me.

Angel · 06/04/2012 at 4:16 pm

@Deanne. Thank you, my lil power house. I will do my best.

Angel · 06/04/2012 at 4:15 pm

@tommy. You are a great dad to Emma. And when she is older, she will realize it. She won’t realize it while you are grounding her. 🙂

Angel · 06/04/2012 at 4:14 pm

@FVR. I hope you are right. It’d be fun to represent girls on a bigger scale.

Angel · 06/04/2012 at 4:13 pm

@DK. Your words were powerful. Thank you for the encouragement. I will continue to push towards the victory.

Angel · 06/04/2012 at 4:12 pm

@Nancy. You are such a positive force in my life. I look up to you.

Angel · 06/04/2012 at 4:12 pm

@Leah. Wow, Leah. No one has ever said that.Thank you! Maybe Under Armour should hire you for PR.

Leah · 06/04/2012 at 10:20 am

You are the perfect combination to join this challenge…..BOLD & BEAUTIFUL – a true BOSS.

Nancy · 06/03/2012 at 8:29 pm

I’m so proud and awed by you! You’re already a winner at inspiring everyone fortunate enough to know you!

DK · 06/03/2012 at 7:21 pm

Angel,

You are an amazing inspiration to SOOO many women and yes men too! I’ve always admired your perseverance and dedication to a sport that you so very much love. I believe that you will impress the hell out of yourself but like you said, you don’t know what your capable of until YOU TRY!

Thank you so very much for sharing this video with “the word wide web” I know it wasn’t easy. You’ve inspired me to push myself towards something that I am scared of as well. With a little faith in myself and actually trying it will allow me to see what I’m really capable of.

Thanks for being awesome and real, Rock On Sista!!!

FVR · 06/03/2012 at 2:02 pm

This is amazing. You would be PERFECT for this challenge, and I love the concept. Go get ’em!!!

Tommy Avent · 06/03/2012 at 12:59 pm

As a father of a 10 year old girl, I love this. Also, even though I am NOT a female, as a 51 year old that decided to quit talking about it and do it, and hopefully serve as an example to my daughter, I love this.

Deanne · 06/03/2012 at 7:33 am

You inspire everyone around you…go get em Angel!

EducatedDiva · 06/03/2012 at 7:30 am

Thanks for sharing & for continuing to inspire! We all have fears, only the greats can admit & face theirs. I pray that things go well and I applaud you in advance for achieving your goal!

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