Champions

“You are all Champions in your own way. That doesn’t mean you have to be number 1 or be the best. Just do your best. If you aren’t first, then make those people ahead of you break records by pushing them with your personal best. Consider for a moment what we achieve from athletics – the sheer fun of competing – the building of a healthy and alert mind and body – stamina, courage, perseverance, dedication, commitment, selflessness and most importantly, the will to excel.” ~anonymous

Today, I competed in the National Senior Games in Cycling.  This experience brought together many from all over the United States that have focused on keeping both mentally and physically fit.  The most impressive person I met was a 90 year old, Charlie Futrel,  who was competing four different cycling events  Last week, he competed a triathlon (see the video) Charlie has competed in over 114 triathlon and competed in 6 and completed 4 IronMan competitions in Hawaii, finishing 1st for USA and 3rd in the world (1992-97)

Being alive

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” ~ Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth)