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21Sep/10Off

Discovering a Lifelong Goal!

Dearest friends, family, and anonymous blog lurkers,

I had an epiphany last night … As I’ve mentioned before, I love Ahnold’s response (in Conan the Barbarian) to the question, “What is best in life?”

Without missing a beat, Conan bellows, “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.”

Don’t get me wrong ... I am not suggesting that his answer is correct ... Funny, yes ... Correct, no. What I am saying is that Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) doesn't miss a beat when answering this age old question. He KNOWS without a shadow of a doubt, what he wants, and what is best in life. If only we could all answer that question so quickly and adamantly.

With Conan’s famous answer ringing in my head while I lay in bed, I started pondering life and its limitless opportunities. Then Jack Kerouac started dancing through my thoughts … In his beatnik drawl, I imagined him saying, “Life is a battle, man. Do you dig it? You need to sit back and watch with open eyes as the world triangulates upon your very being. Eh hem, eh hum. Right on!”

HA! God I love writers, artists, and freaks!

Ego digresso …

My thoughts soon turned to lifelong goals. Obviously one that is high on people’s minds is to be successful. In my opinion, the easiest path to success is to have a happy and loving family life. I feel that it is imperative for me to be there for my darling wife, and our lovely children. Without them, I would be a nebbish … Without their undying love and support, I would be lost. That goes without saying.

My thoughts then wandered again … I wondered, What is the second key to success? I thought about: work, play, community, friends, fitness … FITNESS! Eureka! In my humble (usually) opinion, wellbeing comes second only to family. Therefore, I decided to create a lifelong goal based on this simple fact.

Did it really just take me 336 words to get to that sentence?? Boy do I ramble … I should become a pontificating windbag author!

On to the meat...

I recently tried a triathlon ... Guess what? I loved it! And, I feel that the cross training involved with it is some of the most amazing combined physical activity you can do. By splitting your training across three major sports, you can eliminate many joint and muscle injuries that single-sport, narrow-minded lemmings endure. No offense.

Allow me to unveil my life-long fitness goal ... Drum roll please...

I intend to compete in 100 or more triathlon events (many different venues and distances) by the time that I turn 69. Also, I will complete at least one Ironman (ultra distance) triathlon before my life on this planet, as we know it, ends.

There ... I said it.

Care for a threesome?

Your faithful babbling blogger,
VFR

p.s. I completed my first triathlon a couple of weeks ago ... Scroll down through this jumble of a blog to read all about it.

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

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  1. I think this was a very interesting post thanks for writing it!

  2. Thank you for this valuable post. It changed my approach

  3. Nice! Good luck, although you won’t need it. Don’t fool yourself though – swimming is pretty easy on the joints, but do you really think training for and running multiple marathons is going to save your joints? Wake up and smell the napalm!


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