March 2, 2007

I Believe

I believe that falling repeatedly makes me a master at picking myself up.

I believe that before every training session I have the choice of being a coward, and going home, or being an Ironman. Coward, or Ironman.... Coward, or Ironman... It's been a long time since I skipped any training.

I believe that the things we appreciate most are earned through patience, perseverance, and sweat. Keep your gifts; I'd rather work for it.

I believe that expression is the most underrated quality of a person. I marvel at a person who, unlike me, can do it consistently, clearly, and concisely.

I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let... (oops, got carried away... uhm, no, I will not admit that I actually know or like this song. All apologies, Whitney. And remember, crack is wack...)

I believe that newly-learned techniques and movements proceed at lightspeed, until they become habitual, and then they proceed at snailspeed. Minor tweaks with major results always happen at snailspeed; never at lightspeed.

I believe that the more I hurt when training, the less I will suffer when racing.

I believe that given the opportunity to walk away or persevere, there will be a time when I am so weak and weary, so tired and hungry, that I will consider the former, but choose the latter because I have chosen each day to be an Ironman, not a Coward. An Ironman, not a Coward...

I believe.


LoneStarCrank said...

Great post TriJack. Patience, perspective and choices are what sets apart those who strive for success and those who expect success without making the investment first.

Great work on training....your perseverance will be rewarded (already is!)

Iron Girl Nyhus said...

Well said!


Bike Chick said...

I believe you'll choose Ironman too. You've definitely shown your made of stern stuff.

Mallie said...

Wow. Great post. Well, except for the brief lapse into Whitney! Seriously, it's a post that I might just bookmark when needing a little inspiration.

Habeela said...

Wow! This is going in my collection of "all things inspirational" file! Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go choose ironman over coward.

ZBUCK said...

Great post! You have a way with words and your post are great sources of inspiration.

Robin said...

You're kidding on the "expression" part, right? You have a wonderful way with words, and an ability to use them to inspire both thought and action. I often find myself musing over things you've posted here. This post is no exception, your words mirror what I have experienced in life, that the daily choices we make determine who we become and ultimately what we are capable of.