How many times have you been in a bad or sad situation and tried to be happy? It's very hard to turn that frown upside down and sometimes we can't expect to be happy right away. But believe it or not, sports allows you to learn a lot about yourself, if you let a negative situation turn into a positive. Perhaps a race that didn't go as planned or just missing the podium or a personal best. There will always be times in races when things are not going as planned and you can either find yourself wrapped in negative thoughts...like a maze of negativity with no clear escape OR you can open your tool box of "strong thoughts" and show yourself that you can get out of any situation with the right state of mind and action plan.
I can't tell you how many times I have allowed myself to give up in training because my mind was tired. Over the past few years, I have battled with my mind to allow my body to keep going. For if my mind is tired but my body is still hanging in there, what's the point of surrendering to thoughts of "this is feeling too hard."