Food for Thought, by Randy Paar
Happy New Year to all my Multisport Ministry bruthas! I hope that your holidays were filled with love, happiness, and celebrating the birth of our savior.
For all the triathletes back in the midwest and east coast, I'm sure you're having a hard time believing that the triathlon season is a few short months away, Especially as I am sitting on my patio, looking at the ocean, on a beautiful 80 degree So Cal afternoon. Thank you God for this amazing day!! No matter where you are, give a big shout out to our amazing God!!
The last few articles I've written have been about nutrition, some eating do's and dont's. And, since people are starting to get back into more serious and structured training, the thought of putting together an article on that, would be fitting.
But, I want to talk about a different kind of nutrition. How about food for your soul? We can take the time to take our supplements, our pre-ride, post-ride drinks, bars, gels, and whatever other fuels we can come up with.
Without the love of our Father, and the feeding of our souls, we will forever starve, searching for that winning "supplement". Why not supplement your life with biblical readings, or prayer groups. Take the time during a ride or run, and forget about your splits, heartrate, cadence, and look around in childish awe, at all the Lord has blessed us with. From majestic views of the oceans, to the green and rolling hills of Madison, WI. Thank God for feeding your soul, it's there everyday, all you have to do is take the time to appreciate it. It doesn't cost a monthly fee, you don't need any money down! What you need to remember is that our God gave up His son to die for our sins, so that we may live! We are all sinners, and we always will be. Do not strive for perfection-it's impossible. But strive to be the best man, spouse, mate, friend, mentor, person you can be everyday. Remember, all of us are struggling with things, and we are the ultimate "Food Network"!! Some days we're not as fresh as others, but hey, that's life!!
Like Springsteen says in the epic jam, "Badlands", 'It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive, I wanna find one face, that ain't looking through me, I wanna spit in the face of these badlands'!!!
Embrace the day!!
I will leave you with a quote from Albert Einstein, "He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; His eyes are closed."
Think about that my dear friends.....
Have a happy, loving, and blessed month.....
Randy Paar is the owner of RPMultisport and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Randy is also a USAT Coach Level 1, USA Cycling Coach Level 2 and FIST Certified Bike Fitter.