Saturday, September 15, 2012

Courage


There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid. Gandhi

I often think of a quote by the Jewish-Austrian neurologist, Victor Frankl, from his book, Man's Search for Meaning, written after he was released from a concentration camp in 1945. Mel and I first became aware of Frankl's work while visiting the concentration camp museum at Dachau in Germany. Even in this place, the first of Nazi Germany's death camps, the human spirit could endure.
The quote is: "Everything can be taken from man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/a-sixpack-of-courage-one-mans-surrender-to-a-terminal-disease-20120908-25l26.html#ixzz25ysJIIbf

In a relatively easy week it became easier as work dominated the week. It also allowed me to rest my shoulder which had been sore from training and particularly from swimming.

I managed a really lazy week training wise but enjoyed catching up on all that was not physical.My shoulder was not as sore and I was feeling more rested physically and mentally.I had the chance to read up on the 70.3 Championships last weekend .

Hot difficult conditions and there were the successes but many who had races that didn't go to plan.
Miranda Carfrae with nutrition issues , Lindsey Corbin with a puncture  and Raelert with a drafting penalty ....see  The 70.3 Worlds Races that didn't Go to Plan THE COMPETITOR

Then Chrissie Wellington the ultimate exponent of conquering all with her strength of commitment and determination. What it takes and yet in the bigger picture it  is so trivial , a race in comparison to the  life battles many face. It is still with  great admiration  and  inspiration I find these stories of getting on with the battle and facing down the illness or the race with great single minded quiet determination no matter how insurmountable it may be. Mind Over Body battle