View Full Version : Mindset and Excuses

04-09-2016, 07:04 PM
"This is CRAZY what I'm about to do." Where my thoughts as I hurried to get packed to leave.

Flashback several minutes and I was catching up with a good friend over the phone when he told me that the "Caleb Nelson memorial race is tomorrow at 6:30am". Caleb Nelson served in an organization I was a part of in the past and later went on to serve in the SEALS. He lost his life serving our country and The race was commemorated after him.

My first thought was "Awwww man! I wish I had known! But then a thought came into my mind.


Now let's fast forward through the race to get ready, 4 hour road trip, getting to bed at 2am, and bam! It's the start of the race!

Now this isn't just a 5k run, you start off running 4 miles, followed by a 1/2 mile swim, 6 mile 45lb. pack run, cross back over the lake with your pack, then drop it and run the last 1.5 miles to the finish.

3 years ago I had the opportunity to run this race but I volunteered so I didn't have to run it. I knew I should run it but used volunteering as an excuse. Ouch!!! Talk about not rising to the occasion! Now don't get me wrong, we need volunteers to run the race and they are the backbone! It couldn't happen without them and I am SUPER grateful!! But, my case was different. I knew the path that was set before me and ignored it.

Here I was 3 years later with an option. Go the easy route or go the hard route. Make excuses or man up and do what I knew I had to do!

My friend and myself teamed up as swim buddies and took it on! I could NOT have maintained my motivation without his help! We crushed the race and made it through finishing together! Teamwork is VITAL!!

We were not created to live ordinary lives but ones that are extraordinary and filled with truly living life and taking it by the horns!

When you have opportunities, challenges, or something before you that you KNOW deep down you must do but it seems like a mountain don't back off. Stand firm and take it down one step at a time!

You have the ability to not only increase your physical strength but more importantly your mental strength every day. I started hammering the mental side hard 2 years ago and it's incredible to see the change!

04-09-2016, 07:36 PM
Was this in Texas at the Academy? This race sounds like a lot of fun. I'll have to look for it next year. Also, Doc, this was a great post.

04-10-2016, 06:49 AM
It was!

Little Bill
04-10-2016, 07:16 AM
Great post!

04-11-2016, 11:52 AM
beserker games also in Texas at Kingsville (im NOT the one in spandex ) starts with jump from the chopper into the pond ;)

04-11-2016, 12:16 PM
Sounds like a fun event. I may just have to see about fitting this into my schedule next year.