Episode 38: Anna Hertel - Losing Triathlon and Gaining Perspective

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 At just 34 years of age, Anna Hertel will likely never compete at another IRONMAN.  Five years ago, that concept would’ve been devastating and unimaginable because, like a lot of people, triathlon was her identity.

Anna’s story is one of growth; growth as a human even in the midst of overwhelming adversity, which has come hard and fast in all facets of her life.

This is also a story of finding your place within endurance sports even when the sport you love must cease.

What has emerged from the chaos is a mature and patient mindset - a mindset filled with purpose and gratitude and her lessons resonate universally:

  • Stop being in a hurry

  • Meet your body where it’s at - not where you think it’s at

  • Check your internal health and journal your personal progress; not just the data

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously

And, as Matt Dixon says, “Keep the sport fun. Give yourself permission to enjoy it. Training is super, but it isn’t YOU.”

What a powerful evolution, indeed.