Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Respect

I most often hear the word respect in this context: "I have lost all respect for..." This post is about the flip side. I have been involved in triathlon for a number of years and over this time I have realized there are many very good people in this sport.

I have huge respect for:

  • The professional athletes I toe the line with in any given race. Not only are these girls smart, but they work harder than anyone I know, often on very little income, in order to reach their goals.
  • Happy people & the ability to laugh not only at triathlon, but at the hard work that goes along with chasing dreams. The training we put in is not easy. But the ability to step back and realize sport is not the end-all is sometimes difficult. I really respect those that can remain focused, but also not take themselves too seriously.
  • Our military. I've had a chance to get to know a helicopter pilot stationed in Afghanistan this year. I occasionally email him workouts. He is training for his first half ironman, and then plans to race a full. If you EVER think training in your safe little community is hard - try doing the same training in Afghanistan. Respect.
  • Fighters. Adversity is part of life, but how you choose to handle that adversity is really what is important. There are a number of people I have seen pushed down by cancer and other health problems, who continue to get back up and fight. Day after day. I'm not saying it's never ok to have a small (or large!) pity party for yourself - but once you have, don't forget to get back up and fight.
  • Patience. This is probably one of the hardest things to learn in triathlon. Type-A people tend to want results. NOW. I really respect those who are not afraid to put in the work and are patient when they do not see instant PRs.

Thanks to Tad Carpenter for this awesome illustration.

A toast to all those I not only respect, but to those who inspire me to become a better person.

16 comments:

Teresa said...

Love this post Charisa!!!

Tons of respect and admiration to you!! tn

Jill Costantino said...

A toast to you Ms. Charisa! Thanks for always inspiring!

Running and living said...

You are all of these, Charissa!

Kiet said...

Great great post, and very timely as I'm sitting resting, having decided to skip my track workout tonight because I think my body needs the rest after trying very two mediocre and tired workouts. Reading this post just made me realized I made the right decision.

ADC said...

Wonderful post.

Nitsirk said...

I love this. Thanks for the reminder to keep things in context.

Andrea said...

LIKE!

trimomremade said...

Patience! Amazing inspiring folks! Triathlon brings some of the best in the world. Thanks :)

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

Hi,
Great post and reminder. Thx. And that is wonderful that you're giving workouts to the pilot.

Christi said...

Great post! I agree and toast all those you have pointed out!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Beautiful!

TRI714 said...

I have a huge respect for your volume, attitude and efforts you put out. I'm a big (not so distant ) fan. "in a non stalker way of course" :-)

GoBigGreen said...

Thanks Charisa, I appreciate this post:) Lots to be thankful AND respectful for in our lives.

Luke said...

Great Post!!

m said...

Great post!

Kim said...

Great post! Thanks for putting a little perspective in place! I needed that!