I am wavering from missing my dad: fishing buddy, triathlon fan, coach to being happy that dad is no longer sick. Without going "off the reservation" on you, I believe that my dad went to heaven and is now with a lot of friends and relatives who went before us. I'm sad for me and those with me here on this Earth. Now I'll take the lessons my dad taught me and move on with him in my heart.
Trying to be positive (and transition back to being a triathlon blog) the only races my father ever saw me race... I was on the podium. A second (age group). A third (age group). A third (overall) and a first (overall) small races all, but dad never saw me do poorly. I'm grateful for that. Dad knew me as a champion swimmer, water polo player and great baseball player. Unknown fact about me... I only started swimming to get stronger for baseball. True story. Then a certain baseball coach I played for - who really needed a guy like me on his team - decided he didn't want a guy who was out hustling his more talented players daily. When I hurt my arm - he cut me. Probably the best thing that ever happened to me... I went right back to swimming and water polo which paid for my university education at a NCAA Div. I school - the big boys.
|Mom & Dad|
Meanwhile, in the world of triathlon... My athletes were kicking ass.
I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of their hard work and dedication through self doubt. This weekend we had overall wins by Greg Thompson and (overall amateur) Chris Gilbert at MAJOR races on the east coast. Chris was first amateur at the Mooseman 70.3 - that is no light task. Additionally, Mindy and Don Soranno BOTH qualified for the ITU World Championships in Long Course Duathlon in Switzerland. Mindy was 5th in her age group!!
When I told my dad this weekend results my dad (who has been unable to speak for nearly four weeks) raised his hand with a #1 sign with his hand.
The joy of their efforts has really buoyed me emotionally. I'm so happy for all of them. When we started, there were doubts, questions, pain (usually in workouts). They weathered the initial storm and came out smiling. I suspect I'll do the same.
Choose to be great.