“Buddha Didn’t Wear a Bib”

Mindful Chatter By Steve Brown

Mindful Chatter

Hello! And welcome to Movement Sports Magazine. I’m glad you’ve found us. Hopefully you will find something here that will motivate and or educate you to kick start or elevate your game. Some of you may know who I am. I’ve been racing in these Mid Atlantic parts for 30 years, writing about multisport happenings for 16 years, and coaching for 11 years. Chances are good that I’ve crossed paths with many of you. I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Movement – “movement”.  This new venture is being choreographed by a bunch of very dedicated individuals with a clear vision of delivering you, the athlete, what you want. We’ve also worked together previously on other projects so the dynamic and chemistry is excellent.

I will be bringing you this weekly blog entitled, Mindful Chatter. This will include a mixed bag of any number of things that may fall out of my head and find their way to the keyboard. I’m also lining up some great interviews with some legendary icons in the running and triathlon world. In the coming months you can expect to hear from Linda Prefontaine who will speak openly about her brother “Pre”. Also, as soon as Professor Tinley can break away from grading college midterms, you can expect a fun interview with two-time Ironman World Champion and one of the founding fathers of the sport, Scott Tinley. For those who know ST, you know he never disappoints and always makes you think. I’ll also bet the farm that our conversation strays far from the triathlon community.

So, let’s visit the title of this blog for a minute. Many of you have your sights set on the upcoming racing season and are diligently working some kind of a training plan. Or if you are like most people, you may have a plan and you’re continuously modifying said plan as the realities of real life derail and interrupt what you thought you wanted to do. That’s OK. Partially sticking to some kind of a plan is still better than having no plan at all. And you’re still a step ahead of the guy who is on the couch. I wanted to take a minute to remind you to have fun with this stuff. If it’s not fun, it’s simply not worth doing. Racing is great and can give you a lot of satisfaction. It can also cripple self-esteem and lead to pure evil conversations inside your own head. If you let it happen. So don’t. Don’t get so hung up on performance and results that you lose the ability to celebrate the pure joy of movement. Don’t worry so much about who’s in front of you and who’s behind you. Find happiness in the ability to do what you do; no matter how fast and no matter how far. Make each step and each mile meaningful and pat yourself on the back along the way.

The beauty of this community is that there is a place for everyone. The sandbox is massive and there is plenty of room for all of us to play. But don’t forget to make it just that – play. Search for the same happiness in your multisport lifestyle that Buddha would have had. And I’m pretty sure Buddha never even wore a race bib.

Train safe, race smart, have fun, and thank the volunteers.

Steve BrownSteve Brown, After many years of playing high caliber soccer, Steve Brown traded in his soccer shoes & goalie gloves and turned his passions to multisport racing and never looked back. Since 1986, Steve has racked up countless multisport events of all distances, often racing for philanthropic causes.

In 2006, Steve was diagnosed with a chronic form of leukemia. Since that time, Steve has undergone 54 rounds of chemotherapy to keep his leukemia in check and keep him in remission. Steve made it his mission to remain in motion throughout his cancer journey, often running home from chemo and scheduling races around his treatments. His diagnosis also drew him to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program where he signed on as a triathlon coach to help others ealize their dreams while raising funds and awareness for blood cancers, like his own.

Steve leverages his own positive cancer experience by connecting with other patients and their family members as a volunteer mentor with a number of patient advocacy organizations and often speaks to audiences about his experience. As a contributing writer, his work has appeared in a number of regional and national print and online publications. Brown has also written five books, all of which relate to the intersection of his cancer and multisport lifestyle and the people he’s met throughout his journey.

For more please visit remissionman.com or contact Steve at stephensbrown@verizon.net