Letting Go Of Ego

The night before the race I was in semi-freakout mode. My friend Alison kept emailing me pictures like these to make me laugh.

swim goggles

This app would be a best seller

This app would be a best seller

And words of encouragement like: It could be waaaaay worse, you could have to have a kid tomorrow. 


Lisa was on the phone with me talking me down. And my husband spent the better part of the day answering my panicked texts.

But by far the best advice I got was from Kevin from Gears Bike Shop who told me to just ignore any ego around me, including my own.

Because that’s the thing. It’s so easy to get caught up in who is faster than you, who is more fit, who is the best. You have to let go of your ego and focus on what you’re doing, not even allowing yourself to care what you look like at any given moment.

Nailed It.

swimming 1swimming 2


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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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8 Responses to Letting Go Of Ego

  1. Kathryn says:

    Great advice and you rocked it Sharon!! The night before and the morning of the Warrior Dash (my 1 and only challenge) I was panicking, freaking out because I had never really run hills before and didn’t believe I could pull it off. That feeling of pride after you complete a challenge is simply incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kim says:

    You are awesome. And completely inspiring.

  3. Amy in Toronto says:

    Hey, you’ve got great rotation going on there and a fantastic catch and recovery of your stroke – in freezing water, no less!
    Great advice. I need to learn how to take that, myself.
    Congratulations, again – I hope you order all the professional shots that the race photographer took of you! ;) Maybe send a wallet-sized one to all your friends *hee hee*

  4. Cheryl says:

    You are a star, Sharon! So extremely impressed by what you accomplished! Well done :)
    I refuse to make comments on your pics…no matter how amusing they may be lol I would have definitely had ‘drowning face’ if I tried it!!

  5. Jessica Valiquette says:

    OMG! The second picture! I snort laughed!

    I’m still so proud of you!


  6. Jacki says:

    Those are spectacular. That, I believe, is your “f*@& this is cold” face. Very aptly names “turtle” face. Priceless. And fabulous.

  7. Words cannot describe the joy this brought me.
    Avery loves your “turtle” face. LOLOLOLOLOL!

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