While I'm gazing out my window at a snow-covered street, my mind is racing with thoughts of everything that needs to be done or gathered before I head to San Diego at the end of the week.
I'll be spending some time at the Active offices, working with the Content and Active Trainer teams. I'm looking to improve what I currently offer and for new ideas. I want continuous improvement ideas. Of course, I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
In addition to work at the Active offices, I will have at least two field trips of sorts. On Saturday night I'll attend the Endurance Sports Awards as a guest of the Active Network. This is a fun function held after public hours at Sea World. I'll aim to post some photos.
Early next week, I have an opportunity to visit with the Navy SEAL One Unit based in San Diego. I had an opportunity to do some consulting for Commander Keith Davids last year when he was preparing for the Hawaiian Ironman. He told me if I was ever in San Diego I was welcome to pay the SEAL Team a visit. I took him up on that invitation.
The U.S. Navy Sea, Air and Land Special Operation Forces (commonly known as the Navy SEALs) go through what some consider the toughest military training in the world. I will get a small glimpse into the training and I'll meet some of the people that conduct this world-class training in Coronado, California. I can hardly wait.
For those of you struggling with your resolutions for fitness and better health, here is a thought:
Only a mediocre person is always at his best - W. Somerset Maugham
If you're going through a rough patch, work your way through it and get back to working toward your goals.
It's always good to know the rules for your sport. It would stink to do all the training, then get disqualified for breaking a rule you didn't know exists. Here is a link to a blog I just completed for the First Triathlon group. Some of you might be interested too.
Did you know you can stop and hold onto a boat or kayak during an open water swim?
I have to say, Mavic rocks. Yes, they are having some product issues with the R-SYS front wheel, but talk about customer service...
Here's the deal. As a precautionary safety measure, they are recalling the R-SYS front wheels. If you have a set of these wheels, do not ride them. Immediately return the wheel to your Mavic dealer and you will get a new upgraded wheel free of charge. In addition, Mavic is offering a set of Aksium wheels for you to use (and keep) until you get your new R-SYS wheel back.
On Saturday night, recipients of the 2008 Estes or Bust Elk Turd Trophy Awards were invited to a banquet hosted by Pam and Kirk Leamons. (Okay, it was snacks and an informal gathering; but this year was a huge improvement over last year when the gala event was held on my driveway, pre-ride.)
The emcee of the ceremonies was Todd Singiser, father of the once-per-month-12-months-of-the-year Estes concept. Below is a photo of Todd congratulating Lee Rhodes as Lee holds up his award.
Award recipients oooed and aaahed when they saw the awards this year. The stunning awards (photo below) were manufactured by Pam and Kirk Leamons. The hanger is made from old inner tubes and allows the wooden ornament to be proudly displayed in any location. Secured to the wooden platform are a few links of chain, a pine cone, Juniper sprig and a hand-picked elk specimen. Details of properly curing and caring for elk specimens will, perhaps, be covered in a future blog. This can be preceded by three easy tips to distinguish the difference between elk and dog specimens.
In 2005, only one rider (Todd) made it for 12 consecutive months. In 2006, there were six riders and nine in 2007. There were 11 riders receiving the award for January to December of 2008 and one more rider (Scott Barrow) is expected to receive the award in April for an April 2008 to March 2009 push. In the photo below, from left to right, are Kirk Leamons, Peter Stackhouse, Lee Rhodes, Nick Hansen, me, Scott Ellis, Pam Leamons, Todd and Chad Brent. Missing from the photo are Jo Campbell, Dave McClure and Scott Barrow.
Plans are already being made for the 2009 awards banquet. From what I know now, all of the 2008 recipients are planning to shoot for the 2009 trophies. In addition to that group of 12, I am aware of at least nine new riders giving the goal a shot.
In addition to the trophies, award recipients received some wise words from the elk:
Below are the official Estes or Bust rules for 2009. Good weather and tail winds to all.
Estes or Bust
Rules to achieve the world famous Turd Trophy Award
Ride to Estes Park once per month for 12 consecutive months.
The starting point can be from anywhere in Loveland, Ft. Collins or Windsor and no further west than the Big Thompson Elementary School.
Either route, Highway 34 or via Devil's Gulch Road (Larimer County Road 43 known as the Glen Haven route), is acceptable. If you ride via Highway 34, you must ride west to at least the Estes Park city limit sign near the Olympus Lodge. If you ride via Glen Haven you must ride west to at least the top of the switch backs where you can see Longs Peak.
A return trip sans car and via bike back to Loveland is not mandatory, but encouraged when conditions are safe and fitness allows. (This means you only have to ride up (one way) to have the trip count towards your trophy goal.)
Riding from Loveland to Lyons to Estes Park via either Highway 7 or 36 counts. This ride can be one way just to Estes or round trip back to Loveland.
The honor system is strictly enforced - ride with or without the group, with a buddy or solo.
You can start any month of the year and go for 12 consecutive months or begin in January and go for a calendar year.
Rule clarification questions or rule change requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . The Rules Committee will review change requests.
If the glow of your New Years Resolutions is beginning to dim and you are finding lame excuses to pardon yourself from sticking to your resolutions, you need to toughen up cupcake.
Need a kick in the pants? Maybe some inspiration?
Cliff Young made himself a national hero in Australia by deciding he was going to do something. He did something others thought was impossible, but because he didn't know it was impossible he did what no one else had done.
In 1983, he won the first Westfield Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon by running some 544 miles in overalls and work boots. At the sweet age of 61, he beat young, elite racers to the finish line. How?
First, he made up his mind that he could run for hours, no, days without sleep. While the youngsters "knew" that they would need to run about 18 hours a day and sleep the remaining 6, Cliff "knew" he could run for two or three days without sleep. He knew this because he grew up on a sheep farm where he would have to round up sheep on foot. In the face of big storms he would have to run, literally, non-stop.
Media and other racers discounted his ability to even finish the race, much less win it along with the $10,000 prize purse. A tortoise and hare story, Cliff started out slow and continuously made time on his competitors. When awarded the prize money, he ended up giving all of the winnings to several other runners.
As you head into 2009, fresh with resolutions, the first week is usually pretty easy to stick to your resolutions. The second week is usually tougher and unexpected challenges pop up. Near the end of this second week is when the first waivering thoughts, temptations to quit, push their ugly way into your mind.
It doesn't matter whether you are dealing with changing behaviors for your New Year's resolutions or you are dealing with a new racing challenge next summer, there will be tough times.
Times you want to quit.
Times you ask, "Why am I doing this anyway?"
Times that non-supporters try to tempt you away from success.
Times that fatigue strips away your resolve.
Times when your job takes more energy than it normally does.
Times when family members need extra support from you.
Right when you feel like giving up, tell yourself:
"Tough times don't last, tough people do"
Then take just one more step toward your goal.
The quote is credited to Gregory Peck. You may not need it now, but stash it away as you might need it later.