Saturday, September 25, 2010
Inspiration - Another take
There has been quite a few posts going around about inspiration the last few days. It's funny, because I've been thinking about inspiration a lot too.
So here's my take. It's not specific to how training is currently going for us. It's not specific to how much pizza we ate last week or how many work-outs we blew off. Sure, these things matter - obviously the more pizza we avoid and the less workouts we miss, the better. But these are universal things when it comes to good health.
I truly believe that those have us who have found their way to endurance sports are blessed or lucky or whatever word you most feel comfortable with. I don't mean this in an elitist way. But unlike other athletic pursuits, it seems that we as "group" tend to view our involvement in endurance sports more as a lifestyle than an activity. And I've thought about endurance sports as "lifestyle" from every angle I can think of. I've taken it apart and put it back together again. I've stress tested it and I've played devils advocate with it.
And you know what? I can't find anything wrong with it. Granted, like all things in life, you need balance. I hope no one is choosing a new bike over a mortgage payment or alienating family and friends just to get in some extra miles. But if you get the mix right (including taking care of your body), endurance sports is completely positive sum equation.
I would be remiss in saying that we are the only ones who have found the "secret". I know plenty of alpine climbers (as an example) who are as dedicated to their lifestyle as we ours. But then again, I can think of at least 3 people who follow my blog that are outdoor enthusiasts in general. Hell, it's where I come from. So despite the specific passion, there is no doubt that we are kindred spirits with the other "lifestyle" people.
All of you are an inspiration every day. I don't care if you rode a century, ran an ultra-marathon, or sat on the couch and ate a gallon of ice cream today - I'm in awe. And if you DID happen to sit on the couch eating ice cream today, I have complete faith that you'll be off the couch tomorrow. Because I believe in us. And I don't measure the journey we are taking together in days or even weeks. I'm hoping it ends up being years.
My guess is that only a small number of us where natural born athletes with amazing V02 Max numbers and a musculature that develops effortlessly. I know that I wasn't born an athlete, that's for sure. But who cares? Ordinary people with families, jobs and other commitments that still find time to do extraordinary things are way more inspiring. And there's not one blog I've read who's author isn't doing extraordinary things all the time. One's ability, experience, speed, fitness and everything else related to "performance" is secondary. The only benchmarks that matter are the ones that you've committed yourself to. And if you weren't committed you probably wouldn't bother with a blog. That's what makes this community so authentic.
Authentic and inspiring. Thank you for this.