I would normally just email this to Eric but I decided to post this because I think others may feel the same. First, I have been working with Eric for 7 years. We had a few good years before an old ankle injury almost ended my running career. I was operated on and then I let Eric work his magic. I live near Eric so I work with him on a weekly basis. I have been doing all the stuff that you see on this web page as well as what is coming out on his DVD's. 8 months after my operation I qualified for the 1/2 Ironman World Championships and had my best race yet at the North Face trail 1/2 marathon in SF with 3rd place overall women.
This week I took a few days to get out of the snow and train in St. George for the Ironman in May. After a very hard 1st day, Eric could tell it was going to be more of a mental challenge rather then physical. He told me not to confuse being difficult with failing. If you have worked with Eric, nothing he gives me is easy but I don't always feel like I'm failing. On the last day the light bulb went off. I feel like I am failing when a workout doesn't go the way "I think" it should. For example, if I can't go as fast as" I think" I should, eventhough I have done what Eric has told me, then I feel like I'm failing. I am always working on my weaknesses but sometimes I preceive it as failing. Just because it may be a weakeness its not a failure. Eric has also told me that you shouldn't look at a weakness as a "weakness" rather as an opportunity to improve!
As I move forward in my training I will remember Eric's advise and with a lot of patience and hard work I will continue to see my weaknesses as an opportunity to get better and not as a failure. You cannot fail as long as you keep trying.