Everything I've done over the course of the last four years was to prepare me for the moment I stepped onto the sand at Copacabana Beach in Rio. I am a two-time International Triathlon Union World Champion and a 2012 Olympian. And on Aug. 20 I won the triathlon at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio -- earning America's first gold medal in the event.
I realize how often I've held onto pains that other people inflicted on me for days, weeks, even years. It was partly because I did not know any other way, and partly because I felt justified in my anger. But it was also because forgiveness does not always come as easily as it did in this one instance.
It's important to establish an exercise regimen because physical activity offers many health benefits, including decreasing blood pressure, increasing muscle strength, lowering blood fat levels (cholesterol and triglycerides), improving sleep, decreasing stress, increasing insulin sensitivity and helping control body weight.
Running is where I feel God because running is where I find myself. It is also where I break down and can't go any farther and need help most desperately. It's where I focus on my own body and the reality of mortality, that I'm going to live in this world for a little while, and if I want to really live, I'm going to take risks and sometimes fail.