i am thinking today of my husband, who 5 years ago decided to take a strong hold of his life, to go against the norm of a cushy, corporate job with no real passion; to a life back in school - 5 years of endurance training so he can spend the rest of his life being enthusiastic and passionate about what he is doing. the ultimate endurance. a quote came across my email today stating - "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about." Charles Kingsley. interesting thought, Mr. Kingsley. and oh so true.
if you read this blog, you most likely have trained for at least one endurance sport, or you are just amazed by the sport, and enjoy the sheer motivation factor. you train anywhere from a few months or longer depending on the sport, and then the ultimate reward - the race. you endure the training, to then endure the physical, emotional, and mental challenges of the race. you celebrate your accomplishment, pushing your limits to the max, relive the event for a few days, reassess your goals, rework your training to better your splits, T times, etc. but could you imagine spending 5 years enduring your training, with the ultimate reward being one race - graduation 5 years away? beginning your practice is so far away, there is not even much of a dot of light at the end of the tunnel? sure, there are pieces of the puzzle that begin to line up along the way, and provide a few 'ah ha' moments - but the true reward is so far in the distance.
today, and for the next two months - a lot of his race training is finally coming together. final national board exams, working with numerous patients who are lining up to work with him and cannot wait for their next appointment. his phone is ringing off the hook. his talent is being realized. this chapter of his 5 year long ultimate endurance challenge is just about complete, and then onto the next. living and speaking your dream, passion and enthusiasm into reality. phase 2. introducing my husband as Dr. Jorge Ahumada. Chiropractor. specialist in physical therapy, biology, and nutrition. perfect for this triathlete.
here is to your ultimate endurance race and you have already finished ahead. i tearfully say, i am oh so proud and amazed by your strength.