September 30, 2010

Bring. It. On.

If THAT doesn’t get you pumped up, then nothing will. Right now I am on a jetplane, to Johannesburg, connecting to London, to Los Angeles and to Kona. I am shooting halfway across the globe for my moment, to rely on myself and only myself, to give myself a shot at the greatest triathlon race on the planet. Over the next few weeks I am going to attempt something truly ambitious.

Failure is not going to get into my head. Here is the bit you are going to love:

I cannot fail, because I am only going out there to race myself. I cannot lose or come second, because I am going to go out there and DEMAND everything from myself, because I owe it to myself. That is why I cannot fail. Once you learn this, one of the biggest lessons in life, you too will drop from watching the others, racing the others and you will too learn that the greatest competitor you will EVER face, is yourself.

I am going halfway across the globe to put myself in the toughest conditions ever, to race myself in the place that brings out the deepest, darkest moments to the very front of your mind like a sledgehammer beating on your forehead, because I want to know what it’s like to look myself in the eye and wipe away every morsel of doubt, every fear I have ever had and smash through it. I want to run through the pain and into pure release, glory personified with a blank stare running back to Alii Drive where that finishline will not define me, where it will be an Ellipsis before my simple life carries on.

I am going to go and smash my second place into a million pieces so that there is only a 1st place left for me. There may be 1800 competitors out there in Kona on raceday, but I am racing only 1 of them…

So when you ask me what my goals are, when you ask me if I am ready, if I am scared, the answers are here for all to see. Now watch that video again, go find yourself in the moment and race yourself, completely in your own world, where nobody is visible but the barrier that is stopping you from becoming the absolute best version of yourself.

Bring. It. On.

6 Comments on “Bring. It. On.

September 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm

WOW!!!! Let THEM bring it on – you are ready and waiting!

Ankit Mishra
September 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Amazing inspiration. Thank You.

Carlos Cuenca
September 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Hey Urban Ninja!! I’m a Brazilian age grouper moving soon from Argentina to South Africa (Pretoria) and reading your blog has been a great source of excitement and inspiration!! Love your aproach to training! Hope you have a really nice life experience in Kona! Carlos


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Brad Brown
December 18, 2010 at 9:13 am

Dude, you have a serious way with words! You have NO idea how much your writing fires me up to keep fighting on my journey from fat to fit! Looking forward to that red carpet in April. Shot for the motivation!

Urban Ninja
January 3, 2011 at 9:17 am

Thanks Brad. Glad I can help, in some way. You are an inspiration…


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