Sep 15, 2007

Lori-Ann inspiration

My inspiration for this week has been Lori-Ann Muenzer, who won a gold medal in the 2004 olympics in track bike racing, at the awesome age of 38 years old. Her book "one gear, no brakes", is fantastic, and really speaks about what it is like being an outcast in the sports and biking world. She talks about being older, being a bigger person, being isolated, without funding, and with very little support. It was a long road to a gold medal, and a very moving one. She comes highly recommended by me, and she is CANADIAN! yeah!

Sep 4, 2007

Post Ironman realizations...

Being able to do the Ironman was a true gift on so many levels. In the week since the race, i have decided that race day itself is the prize for all the hard work you have put in all year; the training, the pain, the injuries, the time, the lack of sleep, the lack of dates, the lack of money in the savings account, the constant eating, the swimmingbikingrunning every day.... the race itself is completely fun.
I have also come to realize that this is my calling, and this is my community.... this is where i belong. The Ironman is an experience and a world, not just a race, and everything little horrible and wonderful thing about it clicked with me in the end, and came together full circle. Having had asthma my whole life, i never thought i could be an athlete... and i always wanted to be. Sports were always about winning, and who is best, and cheer for the champion, and we all want Lance Armstrong to win the Tour, and it doesn't matter about the other million athletes who have worked just as hard to ride their bikes in France..... The Ironman is not like that. Everyone is celebrated, everyone is cheered, everyone gets the red carpet. Those who finish last get more support than those who finish first... the goal is just to finish, not to win. What other sports are like that? This is what i am talking about!
A quote i have up at work fits perfectly for this race:
If you had fun, you won.
Enough said, i won.