Athletic Inspiration comes from many different places. Some people find inspiration in stories about overcoming odds, some people find it in receiving respect from their peers, and even still there's inspiration to be had watching champions be champions. All of these are good, anything that drives you forward in a positive way is a good thing, and I thought I would share what (or in my case who) inspires me.
To do that, though, I want to start by saying what that inspiration provides me. When I think of the things my it brings me, I find myself thankful because it’s the fuel that wakes me up every morning and reminds me that I serve a purpose. My inspiration helps me, when feeling low, to remember that the greatest joy is found in bringing joy to others. It energizes me when I’m tired, it focuses my thoughts on the tremendous blessing I have to be able to run, bike, or swim to clear my head and go just a bit more than last time. Inspiration brings this and things like it to all of us. The thing that makes it powerful is when you recognize when someone or something serves this purpose and you consciously use it to as a tool to continue moving forward.
There are times when I lose track of this motivation. I’d imagine this happens to most people. Days get busy and evenings make you tired. An unending combination of work, family, and friends can get in the way and serve as a distraction. But when you have the opportunity to latch back on to the piece that drives you, there is a refreshing wash of new strength to be had.
With all that said, the things that inspire me are a little less conventional than most:
This point is simply this. You never know who you are going to inspire and if you look around closely enough you never know where someone may appear to inspire you in return. There is strength all around us wrapped in a variety of forms and people. Athletes face their unique challenges and obstacles in all sorts of ways. Their successes and challenges can make your journey all the more rewarding. I encourage you to look around and find the things that inspire you and use them to inspire those around you.
Author: Paul Wilkerson
Fitness is important to people for many various reasons.
6 or 7 years ago I got really big, I was literally on the verge of having a stroke at 30. I couldn’t even tie my shoes in the morning without nearly passing out. I tried to run multiple times and only made it a half mile at the most. I was in terrible shape. My resting heart rate was in the 90’s to 100’s and my blood pressure was through the roof. I was miserable, I HAD TO MAKE A CHANGE!!
I lifted weights when I was younger, naturally as a teen with a high metabolism I was fit, and it wasn’t until I got older, the stresses of life and poor food decisions took over it all started to catch up with me. The worse part is that I didn’t realize I was in bad shape until It was too late.
I started lifting weights again, working in some body weight workouts and cardio. I was introduced to triathlon and endurance sports by a great friend and business partner of mine and that was when things really started to take a turn for the better. I started losing weight, it was motivating, I felt better, I could do more. I started training for a Sprint triathlon, never had been a swimmer except for recreation. I purchased a road bike off Craigslist for $350, I added some aero bars to it and started swimming, cycling and running my butt off (literally). Between all the disciplines I lost over 80 pounds in a 2-3 year span and went from barely being able to run half mile to doing a 70.3 triathlon. I was doing multiple triathlons a year, completed a tough mudder and I felt unstoppable, I was in the best shape of my life!!
Fitness became a drug to me, If I went a couple days without working out I started to have withdraws. I didn't want to become that person that I was that was making me miserable. I did it for me and for my well being. I hate to think we're I would be today had I not done anything, would I still be alive?
I still struggle with training, 3 kids later and work has slowed me down but I know what to do now to maintain and I never want to be that unhappy miserable person again.
Figure out what works for you and stick to it, I don't have a training plan that I can preach about, I'm not a fitness guru. I figured out what worked for me and I stuck to it. It takes time, you may not see changes right away, you may not reach goals when you hoped you would but you cannot give up.
This blog is only meant to be encouragement for people who struggle the way I struggled (and still struggle). Stay focused, stay disciplined, set goals and work towards them, surround yourself with people that will help you and encourage you and above all, never give up trying.