On Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to get swept away by the “Hallmark holiday” spirit and believe in fantasies – even if just for a day. But athletes who are serious about their sport don’t have the luxury to stray from reality to make-believe land – or if they do, it may be hard to find the way back.
Instead of pink hearts and fairy tales, an athlete’s love story is made of pain, sweat and tears, but also winning and euphoria. The truth is: Love for sports hurts, but that’s one of the reasons we love it.
The truth is: Love for sports hurts, but that’s one of the reasons we love it.
You know, the feeling when…
- Your eyes are stinging with sweat
- Everything hurts but there’s still 10 seconds to go
- You finally finish and you know you did it
Sometimes it hurts, but there’s nothing like that euphoria of outdoing yourself and pushing through the pain to win, even if it’s just about winning yourself.
But there’s nothing like that euphoria of outdoing yourself and pushing through the pain to win.
Despite the rush and love for sports, even professional athletes have moments of doubt when they feel like walking away. It’s possible to find love unexpectedly without any effort, but sustaining and growing true love for sports takes hard work and commitment.
If you’ve been lucky enough to find it, don’t let it go! One way to cherish your love for sports, is to share the love and the pain. That’s why we encourage you to use this Valentine’s Day to pause and reflect on what love for sports means for you – and what does it take to hold on to that love.
Watch an athlete’s love story and share your own with someone who understands your passion. Maybe a reminder that you’re there is just what your training buddy needs? You never know, your training buddy could be having one of those moments today…