Yesterday, I shared a great story that Olympic Gold Medallist Duncan Armstrong shared on Sunday at CityLife Church.  You can read that post here.

Here’s one more that I really enjoyed and wanted to share with you all.

In the lead up to the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the Australian swim team was unable to travel to South Korea in advance to familiarise themselves with the Olympic village and site of the swimming events.

However, Duncan’s ever-resourceful coach, Laurie Lawrence organised a trip for his squad to the World Expo in Brisbane, where they could check out a model scale of the Olympic city.

Armed with a measuring tape, Lawrence worked out that the distance between the village where they would be staying and the pool where they would be competing, was about 550 metres.  As they would be travelling between the sites on multiple occasions each day in extremely hot conditions, Lawrence immediately ordered that they start running for 6 kilometres per day as a part of their preparation.

So for the next year, after each training session, the entire swimming squad would run.

In the 200 metre freestyle event, which was Armstrong’s specialty, he would be competing against three world record holders and was a rank outsider.

However, when he arrived, he spotted his opponents trying to find a way to escape the heat on their journey to the pool.  At the last minute, they found themselves trying to borrow bikes, hitch a ride or do anything else but walk in the conditions that they hadn’t adequately prepared for.

In the lead-up to the big race, Armstrong noticed that his competitors were already sweating and his confidence grew.

Duncan Armstrong went on to win the gold medal by 0.19 seconds in a thrilling race, but the small margin of victory has led him to ask a question ever since.

Did he win because of his swimming or because of his running?

We’ll possibly never know for sure, but this story reminds us that we can never prepare too much.

The hard yards you do now to cover for every possibility in a job interview, public presentation, university exam, driving test, sporting event or any other examination of your skills will make a difference.

Or as Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach once said, Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation.

What do you want to achieve in life and what are you doing today that will help you to be fully prepared to get there?

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