Thanks for all the well wishes about my dad. He is still in hospital waiting to get a surgery date. Even though the heart surgery is pretty complex, the specialist is saying the overall risks are relatively low. Coupled with the fact that my dad DOES want to have the surgery, this is a positive thing and we are just keeping hope on our side.
With all that has been going on, I have been running my little heart out of late. As I said before, running is my stress relief and lets me have some control when life goes a little south as it tends to do. I have been thinking a lot about how I got to this place of being in the best shape and healthy I have ever been in and I find for me it boils down into two basic areas:
1. “Success isn’t the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire.”
Yes, you have to start with YOU. I used to be the Queen of the do-overs – the diet starts Monday, no big deal if I don’t get off the couch today, I’ll workout tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. I have had the ‘ah-ha’ moments a few times but never made the commitment to me. It takes a bit of selfishness to get there so grab it.
2. Get people in your life that inspire you and are positive.
Sound contrite? Sure it does. Does it work? Sure it does.
So who do I have in my life? A lot of people actually and I am truly grateful to have all these freaks in my life. I owe them big time.
The hubs – he supports me, I support him so it is a win win. I don’t always listen to him bitch about how sore he is after a race but at least I can fake that. :)
An official photos from the hubs race on Sunday – qualified again for the National DU team.
My friend complete yet ANOTHER IronMan at Lake Placid this weekend. Want to see what loving life/friends/racing is about?
Another friend who did her first half IronMan in seriously stormy conditions:
And another who did his first sprint triathlon and who makes me laugh. (and is my golf buddy)
My trainer who kicks my ass and is truly excited to see his clients/friends succeed.
My 90+yr old Grandpa-in-law on his daily bike ride:
And all of the others such as those participating in the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand and the ones who just show up for every long run and listen to my inane stories.
So get inspired to do SOMETHING. It took me too long but can’t wait for the rest of the journey.
"I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."