FF: How did the pandemic impact your training?
DS: Joe [Bosshard] decided we would split into training pairs to keep our bubble as small as possible. I was paired with Emma [Coburn] and we were doing our workouts together and we’d try to keep our distance during those workouts. We’d have our water bottles on opposite sides of the road, trying to take every precautionary measure we could. It was definitely strange and weird. I felt really lucky to be in the group then, I think it would have been pretty hard if I was training solo at that time. We also have a private team gym we could use during that time so we really didn‘t miss a beat during strength training.
FF: How do you stay strong mentally and physically in challenging times?
DS: My mantras have changed over time. When I was younger and chasing these dreams that now I’m getting to live, my mantra was just the word “believe.” I had it all over my bedroom, it was written all over my journals, I had a ring that was engraved with “Believe.” In that phase of my life, it was all about believing that I could make my dreams a reality.
Now, I feel like I’m getting to live my dreams, and my mantra has changed to thoughts of gratitude and embracing every moment. I think 12-year-old Dom would be so proud of what I’m getting to do now.
I try to make sure I embrace it, enjoy it and don’t look too far ahead. When I’m on the track or in a race, I tell myself, “I’m getting to do this, enjoy it, don’t be scared and embrace this opportunity.” I even practice gratitude when training with my partners; I get to train with all these amazing women on a daily basis.