Patrick wrote a great post on inspiration today, yesterday I wrote a on my Facebook page, "Be inspired to be your best and you will inspire those around you! it is awesome!' Being inspired is part of the food of life!
I had one of the most wonderful experiences in my mind yesterday when I was visiting a store. Yep, I am going to tell you about it!
"Yes" I answered.
Her reply, " You are amazing, I have been following your blog and I am inspired by what you do and what the Lululemon ambassador community does. You just did an IRONMAN didn't you! that is amazing"
I sat listening to her very dumbfounded, never having been greeted in such a complimentary and grateful manner by someone.
She continued on to say how great she thinks the Lululemon community is and how they provide a great opportunity for people to get involved at a non competitive level in sports they may not otherwise try. She was totally complimentary of every person she has encountered in the stores and community for the inspiration and motivation that they provide.
It was the most incredible thing to be called out for a service that I do out of love for a sport. Hearing someone say that to me makes me even more driven to do my best in the sport and for myself every day. It is also an inspiration to continue to do what I do in hopes that I might inspire others to get out and do something new as well. I have never done any of the Lulu activities or any other activity in hopes of being recognized for it, it is because I love the sport and love to share my passion. Thank you to the girl in the store for inspiring me to push myself to new levels and to bring friends and family along with me for the ride. I am loving being able to get others involved and was paid the greatest compliment ever in this surprise thank you!
From a training front I have been coasting for the last couple of days. I have done some 5k runs at a relaxed pace, working to allow myself to recover fully. I am quite happy at relaxing a bit right now, a couple of days ago I was struggling but, NO! I have a lot of work ahead and I want to go into it rested, strong and excited. Training for the sake of training is not going to get me anywhere productive. Tomorrow I am running a 1/2 marathon with people I have trainined, however it is a 100% support run for them. I will be out carrying warmup clothes, pushing them forward and watching them be amazing reaching a goal they have set. I am quite excited about getting out to be with them. It is a true inspiration for me to see others smile when they cross a finish line and know that they have accomplished the, 'I cant do that moment'
On a fun note I went out last night and got my badge of IRONMAN honor! My tattoo! My pal Hugh who I trained with for the entire year came out with me as well. He bought me mine as a birthday gift and set the appointment to go and get it done. I was quite happy to be going. It means I cant swim for a couple of weeks but it is a good reason to rest! I spent a little time figuring out what I was going to do. I am registered for IMCA next year and want to recognize that after it is done. SO the tattoo had to allow for it. I also wanted to do the swim, bike run thingy as part of it. I looked around the internet and came up with a great one. I have another tattoo done a couple of years ago. In my memory it was an easy one, no hurt while I was getting it done. Not this one! It is on hte back of my leg and I guess the muscle must have more nerves, it hurt like hell at times while he was doing it. But, now not only am I an IRONMAN, I am one who carries my medal with me everyday! Wahoo!