Rory said this is one of his big strengths!
He says he just likes to have fun, smile, and laugh because it always helps him stay calm and be in that state of ‘ready’!
Note from Nate:
I think Rory said something really impactful here that I would like to point out. He said, ‘the best races I have ever had, I didn’t really expect anything. I just went out and raced.’ This idea if managing not only his emotions through fun, smiling, and laughing but also his own expectations about the race. At Mental Grit we have come to find a lot of athletes sabotaging their performance because they have all of these expectations running through their minds when they should be focused on the process of performing. I would ask the audience at this point, what can you do to not only manage your emotions prior to a race but also manage those expectations of outcomes so you can stay focused?
Rory also mentions this idea of focusing on the controllable during especially Ironman distance races in minute ~11:30. SO IMPORTANT!