When desires and reality collide, take 2

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Recently I wrote about an adventure I was undertaking with my best friend, or should I clarify the “dream” adventure of competing in the Swisse Mark Webber Challenge. In my previous article I wrote about how disillusioned I had been to think that it was going to be a walk in the park fronting up to an adventure race and smashing out the 12km Kayak, 25km Mountain Bike, 10km Run, 23km Mountain Bike, 6.5km Kayak and 15km Mountain Bike that makes up day 1 of 3 in this tranquil spin through the untouched wilderness of Tasmania. I mentioned how a 6.6k jog through the hills of Mt Macedon had knocked the stuffing out of me and fair and squarely positioned the task ahead as a mammoth challenge not to be taken lightly, 100% commitment was now required.

Photo Courtesy of http://markwebbertasmaniachallenge.com/

And as such I have done relatively nothing for the past 2 months to actually prepare myself, actively convincing myself that my 26k daily commute and 5k weekly run was enough to establish an effective core fitness that allow me to breeze uninhibited through the race.

I have now realised that it is only 2 months until I am due to race, so I have enlisted the assistance of a professional adventure racer, someone who knows what is required to push your body to the limits and achieve success, his words of encouragement after day one were “Let’s get you to a level of fitness where the race is fun rather than torture”, I didn’t know how exactly to take this, however I presumed he meant that my chances of taking home the trophy were slim to none.

Having now got my fitness training on track, it started me thinking why had I left it until the last minute to start my training seriously? Why was I setting myself up for failure? In what other parts of my life was I allowing this to happen?

As I analysed my life, breaking it down to all the things I believed made a difference to me, my friends and family, my career, my love, my achievements, my passions, I realised that on a certain level I was settling everywhere, allowing myself to not be everything I can be, hiding behind a lack of time, education, ability, or opportunity. The lameness of all these excuses came to light with the passing of Steve Jobs, Apples Co-Founder. In his address to the 2005 graduating Stanford class he noted….

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary” – Steve Jobs- June 12th 2005

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition” – This statement bellowed at me, wrenching at my subdued passion daring me to follow my heart. It was exactly what I required to put my dreams back into gear.
Find your inspiration, and keep a reminder where you can see it every day, make your dream your reality, because there is no reason for it not to be yours.

The adventure ahead is going to be challenging, but preparation is the key, don’t be disillusioned/disheartened by small setbacks, if it was easy, everyone would do it.

Set yourself a goal and challenge yourself to overcome the adversities you create for yourself.
The only person in your way is you.

At the end of the day it’s the result of your actions that define the person you are, and your impact on the world, there is a shift in the air, remember respect yourself, the road and other commuters no matter how big or small, at the end of the day we all want to get to our destination.

Smile, enjoy the ride, who knows who you’ll meet.

by Mr Corb

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