Sunday, September 9, 2012

Back in the Saddle

I guess to a point, all of us can change. This is especially true when it comes to habits we develop as the days, weeks, and years pass by. But the one thing that I believe remains a constant, is the core of who we are. Me for instance, I did develop some habits, that thankfully I have been able to work thru and replace with new, more positive ones. Habits that had kept me from being the true me. I love running, cycling, and things of that nature. I also enjoy the focus and determination that I have which allows my G_d given talents to be exercised to their highest potential. I truly believe these interests, and my way of approaching them is a fundamental part of who I am. When everything is on track in my little world, I have the ability to produce results better than your average athlete.This has been something missing in my life over the last few years. I'm nowhere near my potential and have been wasting my gifts, up until the last few months, when due to a variety of circumstances (which I AM greatful for),I have been slowly but surely able to get back on track. The one thing I have had to practice is reminding myself that results don't come overnight. It takes time, dedication, and perseverance to reach ones potential. I know this from past experiences both in sport and in real life. The good thing is I have all of these things available to me, and can see sucess returning thru a personal redemption. Even though free time and circumstances have changed, i have been doing what I can to prepare for an upcoming race, a race that a few months ago I was talking myself into not doing. So next week, regardless of my current fitness level, I am heading up north for a challenging long distance mountain bike race on some very challenging Birkbeiner trails. To do well? I hope, but quite honestly, the preparation I have done,and just showing up is a victory in itself. For that I've got to be satisfied with and greatful.Strangely enough, it's the same race my last post was about. Where does the time go??