What's Your "Y"
Interview with Mason Feole, Pitcher with the San Diego Padres Organization
Tell us about your journey.
Growing up I was a always a smaller athlete.
I was never the most athletic, or the strongest, so I knew I always had to work harder to keep up or be better than those around me.
Over the last few years my goals have revolved around becoming as strong and athletic as possible to support my journey in becoming a MLB caliber pitcher. My main focus is to continue to learn, and grow to become the best possible version of myself, day by day. I feel like that embodies my journey as a whole.
What (or who) has been your main source of motivation over the years?
My main source of motivation start with my Faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is my full intention to do all things in order to bring glory to Him. Aside from Him, and incredible support system of family, and friends, I feel like I have been my own best motivator. I constantly remind myself how happy childhood Mason would have been to live out his dream, and work hard every single day to keep playing the game that he grew to love so much.
Where do you find your motivation?
I find more motivation from my amazing support system. From my family to my friends to my trainers and coaches, I have been blessed with an incredible team that pushes me and inspires me to be the best version of myself daily.
I have always relied on the idea that we should prove ourselves right, not others wrong.
What is the biggest mental challenge you've had to face in your sport and how have you conquered that?
I have battled with a few major injuries early on in my career, the most recent being Tommy John surgery. These injuries have given me a chance to reflect on myself as a whole, and each time learn something new about my approach to the game, and life.
I feel that I have been able to push through any adversity by trusting and believing in the fact that God’s plan for us is always far larger and more important than our own.
What do you do to make sure you're physically and mentally prepared for competition?
I try my best to take care of my strength training, nutrition, supplement intake (especially YOLKED ), breathing, meditation, PRI, sleep, and mental skills are sharply, as calculated and as committed as possible. Setting small goals along the way has been a key piece of this.
Describe your recovery strategies. How do you know if those recovery strategies are working?
I am a firm believer that how much we sleep and how we fuel our bodies is the best foundation for a solid recovery plan. Aside from tracking my sleep status and quality, crushing my breathing routines, taking YOLKED has been a big part of this.
YOLKED has helped me to make sure that I am getting the most out of the quality proteins I am putting into my body. Since I have started to take it, I have noticed impactful changes to how I have felt physically!
What's Your "Y"? What keeps you going and training as hard as you do?
My Y is Jesus. Plain and simple, it will always start and end with knowing that Jesus has sacrificed for us so that we may have lives filled with love. That, for me, keeps me humbled, and centered.
Knowing that my world doesn’t revolve around my training or my work, makes the uncomfortableness of the grind seem easy.
Being centered on Christ is my “Y”.
Where do you see yourself as an athlete in 5 years?
I will be competing everyday on a Major League roster, hopefully the San Diego Padres, the organization I am currently with.
Favorite motivational quote.
2 Samuel 23:20-21
“Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear”
To me, this is God’s call to us to “Chase the Lion”. We are called by God to live “God” sized dreams. Dreams that challenge us daily, and bring forward our full efforts and gifts. If we do this, than we will bring ultimate glory to God, even if we fail to reach them.
YOLKED has been an instrumental part of my training plan, and growth since day one of taking it. It has been a constant for me in my nutrition plan, and since taking it I have noticed the differences in recovery, muscle growth, and even maintaining velocity on the mound.
YOLKED helps me to feel my best every single day. It also gives me the confidence to know that my body will be prepared for any activity, training, or competition required of me.