Thank you RTB for asking WHY I TRI? I am not sure how emotional or inspiring my story will be, but I did throw in a little humor at my expense! The most important thing I would like to add to this newsletter is, everyone on here has that one special thing we all have together, and that is HEART. Everyone involved with RTB has HEART, deep, deep , HEART. You can train, and train, but no matter what, if you don’t have HEART you will never exceed your potential. I joined RTB last year, and have enjoyed meeting the people and learning about their raw emotional and inspiring stories. I look forward to reading them, and feel inspired when I do. Maybe the same will happen with what I write? As I am inspired by all of you, maybe I can inspire someone else? This is what I feel that RTB has done for me, we all push each other to become better people in the world around us.
I grew up as a proud “Army Brat”. We moved about every 4 years. I have lived in Japan, Germany, Arizona, Georgia, California, and my high school and college roots are in Texas, as well as being born in El Paso. Moving all the time gave me the advantage of learning about clicks in social society, as well as learning to adapt and being accepted by the people that you want to be accepted by. But there was always the “new kid on the block syndrome” that had to prove himself on every move. As we all travel this journey called life we will travel with all kinds of people, some may last only a few moments in time, some may last a lifetime. When you find something that you are passionate about, you will always find yourself in your happy place doing it. Love what you do, do what you love. That is HEART and SOUL.
As my professional career took off and I became a business owner I became somewhat “comfortable” and didn’t feel like I needed to prove anything to myself anymore. At the age of 40 diagnosed with 2 herniated discs and getting ready to receive my 4th knee operation it seemed like it was time to let the weekend warrior slowly pass away. Doctor said my warrior/running days were over after the ACL and 3 arthroscopic surgeries. As I laid recovering from my last knee arthroscopic, it finally hit me I needed to take up GOLF! It seemed like I hit that age to slow it down a little? I could still hit the shit out of the ball, but there was a slight problem, somewhere along the way you have to learn to hit it straight!! Yeah, tell that to the guy in the other fairway, a one in a million shot, I just sliced the ball into his golf cart, while he was still in it!! Or the time in Chelan when I was with my girlfriends 2 young sons 11, and 7, and I nailed a guy in the back as he was walking off the green!! OMG those kids laughed hysterically “YOU JUST HIT THAT GUY”, “YOU JUST HIT THAT GUY” the whole week at me, good times! Well, that took about 5 years to master, but the courses were getting busier and the rounds of golf were taking longer and costing more. So what’s a veteran post weekend warrior supposed to do with himself? I wasn’t going to go down without a fight. At this point I didn’t care what the doctor said anymore, it was time to get off my ass and get back in the game. Put the golf shoes on the backburner and break out the athletic shoes again.
I am thankful that RTB has given me a chance to write “Why I Tri”. What I have to say next, I say with complete sincerity to everyone knowing someone fighting cancer. As healthy as I feel, with no symptoms at all, and no family history! I had a physical for the first time in 15 years because it was time for my “colonoscopy” well that came back clean. But during the process of my physical, the blood tests on my PSA levels came back high. Please, all you guys out there, take a moment to go get a simple PSA blood test. Statistics show that 1 out of 9 guys have Prostate cancer and don’t even know it. I am one of the lucky ones, I caught it early. I was diagnosed this Feb. let me remind you with “NO SYMPTOMS”. I spent June through August going through Proton therapy. Anyone else that has a family or friend experiencing some sort of cancer, I am very proactive on the Proton Therapy treatment, take a few moments and google and research it.
As I have slowly started to get back to being “Vinny” that’s what all my Texas brat buddies call me. I have been inspired by everyone’s story and what they have all accomplished and overcame. The human spirit never ceases to amaze me, as I am sure some of you feel the same way. My close friends that I have trained with in the past, Sean, Lisa, Mitch, Doug, Sarah, Tracie, Race, and present, Andrea, Rob, Colette, my new found “Southie friends” Phil, Heidi, and the gang, Deborah and my early morning spin class tribe, are all friends that have produced a positive light onto my life. I enjoy being surrounded by all the positive energy that goes with the training. Having been able to get out to Lake Tapps this summer and enjoy my new friends the Southies was a lot of fun, thank you for the invite, and I am anxious to do it again next year. I use to be the pusher all the time, somedays I still can. But, as I have become older I am now feeling like I am the one being pushed. The hunter has become the hunted. I am ok with that, I accept the challenge. I enjoy recruiting new people that show some interest into the tri athlete lifestyle. I continually will educate those that are just starting out with the hard facts of what I learned the hard way. I am still learning with each race and new year, some of the veterans say if you stick with it, you will be good at it in about 8-10 years!! Perfect, they say 70 is the new 50!! HA, HA!! I appreciate all that RTB has to offer in the sport. Which is knowledge of equipment, comradery, nutrition, group activities, mentorship, etc… etc…. etc… thank you.
I feel that everything related to life you need to feel some sort of “Dedication” (dedicated to do anything you want) “Inspiration” ( Inspired to do what you want) and “Motivation”
( Motivating you to do what you want, when you want to) I find this to be true in many of the Ironman triathletes that I meet, most of which their backgrounds are either business owners, management people, or self motivators that need no babysitting. These are the pushers of the world, and I applaud all of you pushers, may you continue to push us as long as you can before you have to pass the torch.
Yeah I lost my “Eye Of The Tiger”……. but it is coming back. Stay thirsty my friends.