Friday, October 28, 2011

The Older I Get

My perspective has changed a great deal since getting into the multisport world.

20s:
Beat people.  Workout until exhausted. Race. Race. Race.

30s:
Beat people at key races. Workout smarter. Race. Race. Race.

40s:
Workout at every opportunity. Races are whenever I say they are and they don't necessarily have a "start and finish" line.

At the end of my CompuTrainer class last night at Village CycleSport we started a good conversation about athletes and their "focus" on themselves and perspective (or lack there of) of importance of various events in training, racing and life.

My philosophy - 
1) You train/race to your ability.  The best you can do given your circumstances in this thing we call life.

2) You keep in mind that every person has their own limits.  The celebration should be on the ability to be healthy enough to be out there versus who is faster/better/stronger.  (Read: there is always someone faster, stronger, smarter than you.  Nobody is perfect.)

3) You are considerate to communities and people in which we race and train.

4) You give back to the sport in volunteering for races/charities and helping those who can never repay you.  (More Than Sport, War on ALS, Cancer, MOvember, CAF - whatever motivates you.)  There is no wrong answer here as long as you contribute to someone other than yourself at least once or twice a year.

5) Stay humble.  You are just a human being like everyone else.  This is something to gain strength from too.  In the end, all living things pay the same debt (death).  Not to be morbid, but having that perspective will change how you communicate to everyone.

6) Stop self pity.  Everyone struggles.  A friend recently told me, "Everyone feels pain.  Suffering is optional."  Make sacrifice your ally.

7) Never compromise your standards and opinions to "win" friends. - Woody Hayes

8) Feel the power of a smile, a friendly wave and some encouragement of others.  The power of attitude  can change your future.

9) Commit to excellence - everyone wants to be associated with people who set and maintain high standards.

Be great - at any age.





4 comments:

  1. Good stuff, Bob. I expect updates at 50's and 60's.

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  2. Thanks Mike. Funny how perspective changes isn't it?

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  3. Bob,
    I wish more people had this attitude. There is nothing like watching an open volleyball play having skill levels from the newbie to the semi pro level playing together, where the semi pro expects the newbie to be playing at the pro level and yell at them for not playing at the semi pro level. It would be better if someone gently coached the newbie on how to improve, and someone else to take the semi pro aside and to remind them where they are playing.

    Group Rides have a similar issue, is it really in the best interest to drop riders? Wouldn't it be better for someone to ensure the slow rider is safe and working to be better? They are ways for the group to do this with out sacrificing the days ride.

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  4. Thanks Jay. I appreciate your thoughts. (Agree with them too.)

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