Let me first wish everyone the happiest of holidays and much love, health, and fitness in the coming New Year. This is the time of year when we are all doing a little reflecting on what did or didn’t happen in 2017 as we plan and schedule events for next year. Take a good hard look at your results this past year. And I don’t just mean race results. I mean life results. As important as racing is to all of us, our real world needs to be synchronized and firing on all cylinders to make all of this stuff work efficiently and with the proper level of efficiency, perspective, and enjoyment.
Racing will be here tomorrow and can always wait. Relationships, health, work, and everything else that goes in the grown up bucket, won’t wait. So, find your center and make sure your compass is aligned before you start planning where else you are going to spend your time, energy, and finances next year. And once you do that, I have a little recipe that might help you shape your calendars. Now many of you have the luxury of being able to race a dozen or more races a year. If that’s you, then kudos to you for making that work! Some of you can barely make a race or two work with your busy lives. For those who may be stuck in no man’s land and need a little guidance, I offer you the four Bs. Choose four events next year that fit the following criteria:
1) Be a volunteer. Choose an event and commit to nothing else but supporting that event in full volunteer mode.
2) Be a spectator. Choose an event to personally support and cheer on a friend or loved one.
3) Be bad ass. Select a race that you are comfortable with and know (or hope) you can crush with proper training. Commit to giving all that you have and plan on leaving nothing out there on the course.
4) Be afraid. This is my favorite. Pick a race that scares the living daylights out of you. Branch out and try something different or longer or tougher. Figure out what scares you, and sign up.
This may sound simple, and that’s because it is. There are many ways to make all of the puzzle pieces fit. But if you’ve got limited time and want to find a way to feel good on all fronts, give this a shot.
Train safe, race smart, stay humble, and thank the volunteers.
Steve 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.