It is Friday and that means it is a rest day for me, but that doesn't mean I won't find inspiration and motivation in this world to help keep moving.
So with that being said.....here we go.
Interview with Ironman and ultra-marathoner Jennifer Huffman-Swift is posted in the interviews tab. She is running the Javelina Jundred this week so go to her blog or better yet her twitter account and wish her good luck.
Jennifer is not the only person racing this weekend. Another blogger is doing the 140.6 this weekend. Go over to KC's blog or Twitter and wish her good luck as well.
If that isn't inspiring enough for you.....100 mile run and a 140.6 Iron-distance event.....well here is more
Caratunk Girl describes her early morning runs and how getting out of bed is difficult at first but then you get out there and as she says 'My breath comes out in little white puffs as I run through town.....'
--> Very powerful stuff and makes you happy to know others are out there doing the same thing as you
Sometimes feel as if all you do is eat, s/b/r, eat, s/b/r, work, s/b/r, sleep.....and might be missing out on things in your life and need to stop and look around. Take a look at EMZ's blog post from yesterday (Thursday 10/20/2010) and think about what you may have been missing and get it back in your life.
Lastly, Rock Star Tri was given the Versatile Blogger Award and essentially this is a chain letter but it is a way for those that come to your blog after the first month of you posting a chance to learn about who you are. You are to link back to them (see link above) and then share 7 things about yourself and so I am going to do that for the readers of my blog who didn't start reading until about a month ago.
1- In the most ironic twists of my youth and my adult life my favorite super hero was Aquaman . Today the hardest part of the triathlon for me is the swim and not because I can't swim but because I have a fear of not making the distance. Where is that Aquaman gene now? My step-son loves Batman .
2- I am originally from New York and lived there for 34 years before moving to Dallas 3 years ago. I miss fall in New York but I love the idea that I can run in shorts in January here in Dallas. If I had my choice now as far as places to live I would choose San Francisco or Boston over both.
3- I love to cook. I enjoy being in the kitchen and chopping/dicing/mincing/tasting and coming up with new dishes. It is a trial and error process and if you ever look at the Athlete's Plate on my blog you can tell which are my recipes and which I have found on the Internet and not just because of the link to the other site. You can tell because my recipes don't have exact ingredients. I figure if it comes out horrible (has happened quite a few times) that you can just order pizza that night. My wife is great to cook for because even if it is horrible and I know its horrible she still eats it....what a trooper.
4- I love competition no matter what the situation. I am unemployed and love the idea of putting my resume up against somebody else. I love racing to try to beat the person in front of me as well as trying to beat my previous performance. I have been known to watch double dutch on ESPN. Last night America watched Grey's Anatomy and I watched the USAT Championships on my DVR.
5- Coffee is my friend. The best coffee I ever had was in Maui and of course it was Kona and it didn't matter where I drank it. My 2nd favorite is Texas Pecan at Le Peep here in Flower Mound, Texas and while it tastes good it is so much better because I am sharing it 99.9% of the time with my wife.
6- I met my wife while going through the process of divorce. She was a pillar of strength then and she is still a pillar of strength now and for that I am grateful. She lifts me up when I am down and deals with my mood swings of bad training sessions or long fruitless days of job searching.
7- My best friend growing up was a red head named Peter. My best friend in my adult life is a red head named Michael. Both are saints in my book. When I talk to those two guys we laugh as if we are 12 which is when I met Pete. I met Mike when I was 23 but still laugh as if we knew each other when we were 12.
So the rules state that I'm supposed to pass this challenge/award forward. Since so many new people are following my blog now I will leave it up to you to do this on your own. If you have one done already just post a comment and let me know so that I can go and read it.
For great stories on Ironman Kona let your eyes go the right and click on the link for 17 Hours To Glory. 17 extraordinary stories of great feats in Kona.
Motivational Videos For You
What Makes A Triathlete
Check out the 1:00 and 1:45 marks --- I still have goosebumps
Ironman Triathlon Motivation
1:44 mark shows the heart of a champion
Have a great Friday. If you are racing this weekend let me know so that I can be on the lookout for race reports as those are some of the most motivational and inspiration stories.