Monday, November 08, 2010
This past weekend I volunteered to work at the Silverman Triathlon here in the Las Vegas area. There were 1100 people competing in three categories. I had a great weekend helping check-in bikes and working both at the start and finish lines as well as on the bike course.
There were several racers I met that helped to keep all my problems in perspective. There were several racers that had no use of their legs so they were in low tricycles with their legs tucked under them and using their arms to propel themselves.
There were several men with one prosthetic leg competing. But there were two competitors that blew me away. There was one man who was missing both legs with prosthetic on both riding a bike like most of the other competitors. I did not pity him, but I had to shed a tear when I saw the joy he had on his face, and the determination he had competing. He rode his bike 57 miles that day. And when I saw him come by with one mile remaining ahead of other racers I cheered inside. I hope I can have that kind of bravery when adversity comes my way.
The last racer that inspired me the most was a young lady. I think she was in her late 20's or early 30's. She was racing with one leg. Not like the others with prostheses on; she was using one leg to propel herself on a ten speed bike. Watching her as she went up hill with one leg doing all the propulsion, I could do no more than admire her.
All these people sure reminded me that my problems are not so bad. I'm overweight, I have high blood pressure and diabetes. But my woos are nothing. I thank those who have issues more difficult than my own, that show me what true bravery is. Thank you for giving me perspective.