Thursday, November 24, 2011
I know the last blog I posted had a sad angle, and I am still coping with what happened to these two young people in Philly last weekend.
However, something different happened. My friend John introduced me to Stephen Brown. When he started talking about Steve, he could not be more right when he said - 'you will like steve'. Steve is a unique person as a person and as an athlete. He is an ironman and an 'ultrasport enthusiast'. When he, in 2002 was diagnosed with leukemia, there were some aspect of his coping mechanisms that were - lets say - unorthodox. He did not want his wife to be with him at chemo. In fact he asked her to drop him off at the cancer center - and he would run home. He wanted to forget he had cancer. He continues to do ironman, and of course he is a tri coach for the leukemia and lymphoma society.
When I think of Steve something comes to mind. Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Steve did not let his illness take control over him. My philosophy is no matter what chronic disease you have you need to take charge and live your life. It can be cancer, it can be heart failure, it can be diabetes and the list goes on.
As a Sparker what did he teach me. Have goals - dream big. Move forward. Don't get hung up on minutia. 'I gained a couple of pounds' - 'I did not work out for a couple of days' and you know what I mean. What I also learned from Steve last weekend. You will reach your goals when you set them. However, what makes reaching the finish line a success is the fact that you balance physical training with emotional stability.
Coincidentally I listened to a podcast with an ultra runner last week. He addressed that very issue, and what he said was interesting. He talked about 'running races every month' and how taxing it was for you - not physical but emotional.
As we give thanks for our accomplishments since the last thanksgiving - and we look towards the future. We need to have the Steve Brown's to motivate us, but we also need to listen to the common sense of the ultra runner so we don't burn ourselves up. You may think this is a bunch of hog wash rambling. Keep in mind - people who do triathlons - the average length they are involved in the sport is 5 years. Why? Because they get caught up in the challenges of doing longer and longer distances ... and burn out.
Thank you to all my spark friends for a great year - looking forward to another in your company.
three disciplines-one mission-one goal.