Thursday, July 25, 2013

My birthday present to myself

My birthday isn't for two weeks but I've been thinking this year I want to do something EPIC. I've also been talking about getting my USA Triathlon coaching certificate for a while. So for my birthday, I decided to finally sign up for the class. But to make it epic, I decided not to wait for next year's class happening in my home town but sign up for the class that is taking place this October in Kona. During the World Ironman Championships.

Yep, I'm going to Hawaii. To learn to be a triathlon coach.

I mean I'll have official credentials; I've been unofficially coaching for a while now.

But this will let me get to the next level as I haven't felt comfortable doing anything with longevity. I've given specific advice in answer to specific questions, but I've never set up a plan for anyone and I want to start doing that.

I haven't made any travel arrangements though because the website said to wait until I pass my criminal background check. Hopefully they'll send me the info on how to get that process started pretty quickly as I'm worried I won't be able to find housing during Kona week.

I'm also going to sign up to volunteer during the race. Since I'll be there anyway.

Finally, I want to say a few words about how I got to this point, about what pushed me from thinking about it and saying "some day I'll do that" to actually doing it. It has do with Peanuts. No, not those yucky things some people eat and others are allergic too. Peanuts, the comic strip.

One of the "running gags" in that strip is that Charlie Brown is a trusting soul and he constantly lets Lucy talk him into holding the football for him so he can kick it. And then she constantly would pull the football away at the last second and he'd miss and fall over. But supposedly we were supposed to admire Charlie Brown because he continued to trust that Lucy was a good person. At least that's what Charles Schultz would say when interviewed.

I think Charlie Brown was an idiot.

Not for trusting. But for letting Lucy push him around after the 1,093,518,348.7347 time she betrayed his trust.

Trusting is good, but at some point, you have to say, maybe you won't pull the football away this time and maybe you will, but I'm not going to find out because I'm going to go play with those nice people over there who I'm pretty sure won't pull the football away. Because you're a toxic person and I haven't got time for this shit. I'm going to use my trust to give new people a shot.

So that's what I'm going to do. I've had the football pulled out from me just as I was about to kick it a few times lately, so I'm going to start some new projects with some new people and also a few projects of my own.

I'll be posting details of what these new endeavors entail as I work them out.

I'm definitely going to do the running project I've been talking about. For those who haven't heard, it's called Come Run with Me and I'm going to set up teams around the country of runners who will all start the Couch-to-5k program together and finish by running a 5k for St. Patrick's Day. We'll all train together and each team might also (optionally) fund-raise for one of a number of charities that combat obesity and/or encourage people to be more active.

If you are interested or know someone who might be, sign up here.
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