Trust30: Worthwile Day

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could

What is one thing you can do that would make today worthwhile? What’s stopping you from getting started right now?

(Author: Jessica Dang)

I would like to tell my friends how much they mean to me right now. How much I've enjoyed our times together and how much I look forward to more times together.

Geography is what's stopping me... I want to be in a place I can take refuge and charge batteries before I flip the bird and start making my own terms to live life.

We'll see how things start to work when I fly back home in August for Kelley and Peter's wedding 😀

Baselines: Sports and fitness

Just as we set up baselines for our training I'm working on setting up baselines for where I'm at so I can better decide where I need to go.

OMG, I'm under 220lbs for the first time in who the hell knows how long!!!

Goal is now to get it between 190 and 200 before the end of the year 🙂

The baseline that I hope to accomplish by the end of July are

  • Swim: 3000 yards
  • Bike: 40 miles
  • Run: 8 to 10 miles

Some concrete goals for the end of the year:

By the end of August:

  • Swim: 4000 yards
  • Bike: 60 to 70 miles
  • Run: 10 to 12 miles

End of September

Ironman 70.3 Augusta (again)

Hell yeah or f**k no

The idea on this video has been resonating with me for the last few months. I've heard it from different people at different places and for different circumstances. The closer I get to "the date" the more this message is starting to resonate. If you can't fully commit to something; if you can't give something or someone your fully undivided 100% attention then say no. If you're going to do something half assed then why bother doing it at all? You have better things to do than waste your time.

The worst of it all is that you're not doing the people you're trying to help a favor either. Your not being there 100% is actually hurting the people you're trying to help. What do you say no to? How do you say no?

Trust30: Energy

“The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s easy to blame our failure to meet our goals or to live our dream lives on a lack of energy, and we don’t always stop to think about the quality of energy in our lives. Yet we can choose to create and manage our own energy flow.

Think of an instance when you’ve been so involved in an activity that you’ve lost track of time, and then identity the passions and energies you were feeding. Who was there with you? What were you doing? What will you do to make time for moments like that one more often?

(Author: Julia E)

It's kinda hard to explain... there are days when everything works, no matter how shitty or exhausting the day was all you have to do is get back on your bike, the pool or the road/track for everything else to melt away. It's just you and the event you're working on, nothing else matters, your mind is focused only on the task ahead without anything else being an issue.

I had one of those rides last night (7/5). I don't normally do back to back rides (Monday is usually a swim day) but I know that, for me, IM Arizona is going to be decided on the bike. I'm a good swimmer and an average runner on a good day so I decided to avoid the trip to the pool (which may have been closed for the 4th of July) and bike instead.

It was a good ride and my body felt good about it... it was short and sweet so I decided why not do it again (warning: masochist in action.)

got ready for the Tuesday ride with a lot on my mind. How far do I want to ride today? is it going to rain? Am I pushing too hard? Will people yell at me if I decide to actually work my legs? when and where are my cut-off points?

Once I started riding the questions all went away. I was going to ride 25 miles even if I wasn't in top shape to do it. The weather was warmer than I would have liked (although not as warm as it was on Monday) and I was riding with only my little water bottle for fluids.

The ride itself started as it normally does, with my feet not knowing how to clip on the pedals but after that it was awesome... First time ever riding into a thunderstorm; you should have heard those thunders, they were scary as hell but it doesn't mean we stop, we keep pushing and we keep moving forward no matter what.

Then something funny (and awesome) happened. The farther I rode the better I felt. It was as if I hadn't had surgery 3 weeks ago; I was riding better and faster than I had before the gallbladder flareup. I felt more confident even when I thought I was going to crash... if you are going to crash then crash well.

I still feel happy about the ride and I realize now that giving up is never an option.

Trust30: What would you be

If a year from now you weren’t in the profession you’re currently in, what would you be in your wildest dreams?

(Author: Ryan Allis)

About 5 years ago I was wondering that same thing and I occasionally still do... Do I want to say in education? Do I want to invest 7 more years in another degree for something that I may or may not want to do? I'm also thinking about right now as I plan endings and new beginnings. As much as I struggle with the answer and as much as I change where I'd want to be and what I'd want to be doing I'm still not 100% sure I can answer this question.

I think that rather than asking what I would be doing I'd much rather ask where would I be? In the last couple years I've started to ask whether it's possible to be employed yet not have to worry about where you are to accomplish the job and whether any of the tools already on my arsenal will lend themselves to this kind of work.

A very big part of why I want this is that I want to get more serious about triathlons and being able to train and live in places where races happen is priceless. Another area is that I want to go back to Chile to do Ironman Pucón in 2013 and it would be awesome if i can get there in November and train there for a couple months, work, spend time with friends and the rock that course 😀

Trust30: Fault and Change

I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think of all the things that are not working in your life. That job you don’t like, that relationship that’s not working, those friends that annoy you. Now turn them all on you. Imagine that everything that’s not working in your life, is your fault. How would you approach it? What would you work on to change your life to the state that you want it to be?

(Author: Carlos Miceli)

I've known for a while that I need to change. I've known for a while that I'm too scared to make the change without a safety net. If things are going to change I need the courage to make the change happen.

For too long I've been afraid of what would happen if I take the risk and live life on my terms

That needs to change and it needs to change now.