If you are pushing yourself as an athlete, you did not choose for it to be easy. Therefore, why would you be surprised when it gets a little difficult? The reality is, it usually doesn’t just get a little difficult, it gets A LOT difficult. This leads us to think maybe we are on the wrong path. But we put those obstacles there, not to walk around them, but to move through them. Acceptance of the obstacles being bigger than we anticipated is, in my opinion, the first step to overcoming them.