“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt
Today in Hawaii — Jason Lester and Rich Roll, two people I have never met and only communicated with via facebook have started an EPIC adventure: 5 ironman triathlons, 5 days in a row, on the 5 islands of Hawaii — even though I have never met these guys in person, both without knowing it — have had a profound positive impact on my life.
When I don’t feel like training, I think about Jason Lester’s exceptional positivity …. I wont go into all his great motivational stories and quotes on his blog or vblog, but one story I read about for some reason has stuck in my head …
Jason was racing in the ultraman last year when another participant got into a big bike crash ….The race report I read by the man who crashed highlighted that after his crash he said to Jason, “I’m done…”
Jason replied something like, “no you’re not…..” and then motivated him to keep fighting.
The man who was about to quit, but Jason motivated him to keep fighting … finished 6th overall.
I have thought about that story many times during my ironman training when I wanted to stop because of pain, or found good excuses to stop because of a flat tire – I force myself to overcome the challenge and keep on going.
… I have been following Jason’s blog and site for the past several months and surely his positivity has helped me stay focused.
I met Rich Roll (a vegan ultra endurance athlete, among other things) on Dec 9th at 4am … I was fwd his website: www.richroll.com and as soon as I read his story, saw his physique compared it to mine …I decided at that instant to become a vegan. I have been on a strict vegan diet since that day … and I feel great, much better than I did before this diet and I have lost a lot of weight. (I never ever ever once thought about becoming a vegan, or trying a vegan diet until Dec. 9th at 4am when I read about Rich Roll … odd how life is)
Inspiration and motivation is all around us … we just have to seize it.
http://www.epic5.com/blog/?p=7 (take 5 minutes and read this blog entry)
At least for me…..what I personally take from following their epic5 ….. its not about doing an ironman or about endurance challenges …what I gain from reading about them and watching their vblogs ….. for me, its about living life to its fullest and healthiest; not focusing on the negatives we face every day … and never stopping when times gets tough.
Take a few minutes and read the blog entry cut and pasted above — and visit www.epic5.com