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It’s An Inside Game

light_of_hope__1This morning it was COLD outside at 7am ! I was so tempted to roll over and go back to sleep and wait until later in the day to do my run. When we do Landrunners Becky usually leaves before me to pick up Cynthia, they usually do a little more than I do,  and then I leave a little afterwards. It was so tempting to just get back under the warm covers when she left, but I didn’t. Now that it is 3:30 in the afternoon I am glad I didn’t do that, but it was so tempting.

My running workout today was to be a 90′ run, mostly in Zones 2 and 3. I stayed pretty true to the plan, there were a few times that I would get out of Zone, but for the most part I held myself within Zone 3. My top heart rate in Zone 3 is 160 bpm. I did notice after the run I had downloaded the data off my Garmin that my pace within those Zones has improved, so that’s a good thing. I got a little down about my slowness a few weeks back. I think the testing last week and then some of the intervals made me see that I can and will improve, it just isn’t an over-night deal. One thing I am reminded of is the fact that “fast changes” in life rarely translate into sustainable longterm change. So what it takes is just what it takes! I did notice that my legs felt pretty shot afterwards. I think some of that might have been the night befores bike workout that I didnt finish until 10pm, I did that workout “out of order”. I was actually suposed to have down a 200o yd swim yesterday, but I wasn’t sure I could get it in on Friday with work so I switched it with the bike.  Amanda sent us (her clients) an email and it talked about keeping workouts in the order because they were designed that way for a reason, I’ll do better next week. 🙂

I also added stregth training this week. I am to do two workouts per week. Today I did the one that I needed the weight machines, it went just fine. It was a set of 6 or so workouts to be done in 3×10 set, actually 2×10 and 1x 15 this week. I thought of doing the other set at the same time, but I held back and saved that set for tomorrow. I can do those execises at home, so I will knock that one out in the morning before the afternoon ride.

My attitude is doing better today. I still need to get better at doing a setting meditation EVERY day, it just makes such a difference. Getting that time to let things “settle”, even when it doesn’t “feel” like it is doing anything at the time, always makes my days go by better. A little time with the Creator goes a long way. Ya know, how can you have a relationship with someone if you don’t spend time with them? Or like one of my mentors used to say, “how you going to know what God’s will is in your life if ya never spend anytime with God asking him?” Good point, huh?

Right now I am reading three books; Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus Borg, Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Naht Hahn, and Body Mind Mastery by Dan Millman. I have really enjoyed all the books by Thich Nhat Hahn, they helped me find some new tools for life and some new perspectives that in some ways I had never had, but in some ways I had always had. The Borg book is kind of challenging for me, actually it feels kind of like my struggle with learning to swim. I am going to just push thru it and see what happens with it. The Millman book was a gift from my daughter for Christmas, Phil Jackson is a big supporter of this book, that endorsement alone makes it worth giving a read.

Well I am going to cut out, it’s 4pm and I am thinking its about dinner time. 😉

Just found this song today, Caught By The River by Doves. Really like it too, reminds me of spending time at the park watching the ducks and squirells when I was going through some tough times. 🙂    

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Abundance

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Every now and then there are words or ideas that just seem to strike a chord, maybe even become a theme of some sort. Well the word for me lately has been abundance. To me abundance has more to do with an attitude of gratefullness than any measured quantity of anything in my life. It seems to be something that comes from inside, not something brought about by outside circumstances or stuff. I can look back at the last 15 years of my life and I can tell you that today I live in abundance, that hasn’t been always been true. Now if you look at the last 15 years you can also see that most of my relationships, life circumstances, and even stuff are all the same. I still have the same wife and step-daughter, same job and boss, many of the same friends, live in the same city, etc.; so what’s the difference? A big part of the difference is coming to appreciate all the good things in my life, as they are. And be sure to know that I understand that it hasn’t been any virtue of mine that has kept any of my relationships or life situations in tact for the last 15 years, that is much more a testement to my family, co-workers, and friends. That understanding helps me to appreciate all the blessings I have, the abundance of life that I get to experience.

Todays workout was a 2:25 hour bike ride followed by a 15 minute run. Was a great workout, much sweat! I felt really good, felt a lot of hope in where I am going. Thich Nhat Hanh tells a story in one of his books about how you can look out over the dirt field where the sunflowers grow in the planting season and many don’t see the sunflowers, but the farmers do. They see the ground where they have planted the seeds, they already see the sunflowers. I am starting to see a triathlete. It makes me smile too.

tunes today will be Elton John’s “To Many Tears”

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