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A Swimsuit, a Bike, and a Pair of Shoes

It’s confession time again. In March, in this very email, I made a commitment to do something – and now that the time has come, I’m not sure I’m all that excited. Do you remember? If no one remembers, can I not do it? No, I told myself I was going to do this – so I am.

In March, I signed up to participate in the Music City Triathlon. It has been tough; preparation is hard work. But I’m practicing what I preach. I’m going to push myself to be a stronger, better version of the person I was yesterday.

Sunday, the temperature is going to hover around 93 degrees. It is going to be crazy hot. The race is so long. UGH! Do I really want to do this?

Seriously? John… STOP!!

It’s not like me to be this negative going into something physical. So, I’m drawing a line in the sand right now. I’m crossing over it; and I’m stepping into a new attitude.

The race will be tough. It will be hot. But the finish will be worth it. I like pushing myself. And I am prepared.

There’s something else I want to share with you, and it goes back to my asking each of you to just start being active. Remember, your activity level doesn’t have to be meteoric to be good. You don’t have to run a marathon to be able to start walking. Moving is winning.

All that so say that I decided earlier this week to switch to the sprint race and not the Olympic. The difference – 300-meter swim (sprint) instead of 1100 (Olympic), 20k bike ride versus 40k, and a 3.2 mile run versus 6 miles. None of us is required to go all out all the time. We just need to get out and get moving.

Thank you, friends, for allowing me a place to share, even mixed emotions. It’s wonderful to be able to be so transparent with you. I am grateful for you, my people, my community.

-John

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