What is Grit?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, grit is "firmness of character; indomitable spirit". Angela Duckworth, a leading psychology researcher, tweaked the definition and considers it to be "perseverance and passion for long-term goals".
We know grit well. We've seen it in our competitors and peers - the ones you admire because they have unshakable spirit.
Grit is the hours in the pool aqua-jogging when your achilles is too sore to walk on and you have Olympic trials in ten months. Heck, it's water-running when somehow you've pulled your hip flexor and the world championships are in a week! It's doing one more hill sprint carrying a bucket of concrete on a Sunday morning because you know this is your weakness.
It's getting brutally beaten, failing a workout, or suffering an injury, and then learning, healing, and adapting, coming back stronger than ever.
Most of all, it's enjoying the process, embracing the grind, and never ever questioning if it's worth it. It's embracing the privilege of a healthy body and strong mind.