This was my spot for most of the morning today, volunteering at the St Albert Triathlon….next year, I’m doing it!
But, I love doing this….I guess it’s giving back, without volunteers races don’t happen…but it’s such a rush…so many people, racers, friends I haven’t seen forever….and inspired…and so many cool bikes!
I was thinking about this after today….we keep thinking us as endurance folks/athletes, that we’re all solo, you know that loneliness of the long distance runner thing.
But on a day like today….not really true….we’re very social, and very much spend time supporting each other, and whenever a bunch of us gather anywhere, it’s like a gathering of a bunch of Grateful Dead fans….we all know each other…today heard ‘hello Warren’ so often and ‘thank you volunteering Warren’ as well….it was a group thing…
I used to be a writer, freelance, and the same thing would happen when a bunch of indie musicians would gather, and I;d be there..very comfortable, and fun…..which is why I guess we do this…the getting together in the morning….racing or training…and then after, just not wanting to go home…..
today was so good…..doing this as well is inspiring….volunteering is great, but seeing others biking, running, swimming, having fun being active….yes, some really quick and focused, but just as many just out and having fun…..enjoying life…who wouldn’t want to do just that…
Today also reminded me that I do have friends…..have had and still have….
So…yeah, time to get out, and DO STUFF..get myself out of jail….and doing rather than just thinking about it..
Today, just seeing friends, people…..it’s like a reaffirmation…..my active juices flowing….I spend so much of myself, taking so much of me down…so many negative things going through my head, a day like today..changes that…..yes, up at 5AM….dead tired now, but feeling well, and looking forward to the week ahead, not with dread…..but, with a positive vib, look at the possibilies…I’M retured I have all the time in the world…I own bikes!…..I love swimming, I like running through the bush, off road with friends, old and new….and yes, I may be old, but I’m not dead….
and yeah, there’s a half marathon here in Edmonton on August 20th, 14 days away, time to make every day count…..even better, 148 days until I turn the big old 65..how about 148 days making that count, make every day important….not sure how to do that, but focus Warren, focus….
I have been a little alone, and lonely for a while…(do I have any friends?) out here on my own….time to change that….