"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning" - Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dirty salty roads

Today felt a little like November or January in terms of the weather. Got in from my ride mid-afternoon to a joyous greeting from the puppy. These videos summarises what happened next, without the head licking.

Who needs a shower?!

Monday, May 24, 2010

"What made you start triathlons?"

I don't know.

I get asked that a lot. Much of the time I think it's because people think I am nuts.

It's taken some time to really think about it and I still don't know why I wanted to do one. I had no ambition at that time (2007) to see where I could seriously go with it. I quit a good job and relocated to a different city to pursue this more seriously after thinking mid-2008 that maybe it was worth a shot.

Still, I don't know why I started.

So what made me do something crazy like give up stability to pursue something that I may never end up reaching... It's basically a channel for my energy. I've found that instead of putting that energy into thought about things that have happened in my recent lifetime, I'd rather focus it elsewhere.

Instead of turning to alcohol, drugs, or something else as a coping mechanism, I have done something positive for myself. Life is about choices. I hear all too often that people are wallowing in self-pity over their perceived lack of fortune and a tough run at life. While I am somewhat empathetic, at the same time I wonder what they have done for themselves; I am a firm believer that if you don't help yourself then nobody else can.

Life is full of paths and choices. An envisioned outcome rarely comes about through the path that you see it happening on. I know that there are multiple paths to the same goal, so taking positives from a negative will only create a stronger drive to find that alternate route.

Channel your energy.

Friday, May 21, 2010

What does "Pro" mean to YOU?

I think the growth of triathlon is great. Getting people active and engaging them in something they are passionate about is so important for general health and overall balance in life. Everybody has different goals: some to get fit, some to STAY fit, some to just be competitive and find that energy that they used to have. Others want to be the best, be that in their age-group or as an elite athlete.

On a personal level, I endeavoured on my journey at the beginning of 2009 with a lot of **unrealistic** goals. Sure, they were goals, but totally out of reach for time and the amount of work I needed to put in. After meeting my coach and understanding over the course of months how my goals would have to change, I revisited where I was in the sport and how I needed to **realistically** get to the end result (whatever that may be...). I can't say how much being humbled by the best in the sport makes you realise how much work you really have to do.

I think that there is such an elitist view from many athletes that are new to any sport, and I am finding moreso that triathlon is no different. Some feel the need to say they are "Pro" and set themselves apart from everybody else by putting themselves on a pedestal or associating themselves with big names in this sport.

I find it disgusting looking at an athlete tell tales about who they are and what they are doing. It shows a level of disrespect for all the people that have already put in years and years of hard work, money (or lack of), and have endured ups and downs in this sport. To be successful you have to be realistic. Just don't lie, to yourself and to those that are highly impressionable by you.

I hope I can go through the years of trials and tribulations to reach that dim light at the end of the tunnel.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A quick update

Lots has been going on in the last couple of weeks. I didn't run the Sun Run and will not be going to Ixtapa next week. Lots to look forward to this summer without making a mess of it right now.

We start open water swimming tomorrow and I'm hoping (*fingers crossed*) that it's going to be non-wetsuit temperatures in Thetis...ok, maybe not...but it should be warmer than last year given the mild winter we've had.

I've also been working on getting my deck cleaned up and ready for some summer use. Today I bought a softwood deck chair and built it up to find that I'd done it incorrectly. Instead of fixing it, I just varnished the pieces to weather-proof it all. Tomorrow I'll take out the 20 screws and put it together properly. Canada's worst handyman? Maybe.

I was listening to this on Friday and enjoyed the beautiful weather we've had this week in Victoria: