Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway

Settled

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That was the feeling after my recent 8 hour, 52km jog while crewing for an Ultraman World Championship athlete. The sense arose immediately after crossing the finish line. Maybe it was endorphin saturation, or mental fatigue from extended focus on another person. Or perhaps it was the completion of a journey that I’ve deliberated with mixture of curiosity and fear for a long time—travelling by foot from the north end of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway to the old Kailua airport.

It’s said that life is not sprint, it’s a marathon.
I’m seeing it now as an ultra.

Always check your mentality! Never allow it to get the best of you!
It’s important to realize that life has many unpleasant, difficult, trying and unfair times. Stop looking for that day off or break from that cycle. Life is the ultimate training ground!

~David Goggins

UMWC 2018 was a tremendous learning experience for me—logistically and personally. My hat is off to Armando for finishing UMWC, again. It’s a monumental achievement!

Our Day 3 plan for the double marathon was that I’d start running with “UltraMando” at the half-way point, 42km. However, after 21km something inside encouraged me not to wait. Asking if he was open to me joining him early, Armando responded positively. The rest of our crew consisted of his wife and two children (ages 10 & 13 who are really great kids, and I’m not a ‘kids’ person). During the next 11km I got myself organised and we—the crew—ensured that the team was setup for success as I changed roles earlier than planned.

Over the course of the next 52km I worked every angle and eventually lots of tough love so that we negative split the second marathon to finish the day in 11 hours 46 minutes (14 min. before cut-off). Overheating was a major factor for Armando, and I was a bit concerned for his safety. Using my wilderness medicine experience we were able to keep his body temperature from reaching critical, while also maintaining forward progress.

“Brother”, that’s what we called each other these last few days. Brothers in in ‘ultra’, in life, as athletes, as humans. The journey was a partnership. We talked about personal feelings and thoughts. …And we were quiet together, in Tutu Pele’s beautiful and powerful presence. We were present.

Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God.

~A Course in Miracles, T-In.2:1-4

I purposely express my post-event feeling as ‘settled’, instead of ‘being settled’. The occurrence wasn’t predicated by a separate person having an experience; it was more that the feeling itself was expressing from beyond time and process; without beginning or end. The perception of the feeling, however, was temporary and therefore has faded because it is based in “the world of time, of change, of beginnings and endings. Based on interpretation, not on fact.” (ACIM)

Internally, there is a craving to again feel deeply ‘settled’. But that longing carries me into the past, further away from what Is. The Universe invites me to stay in the present moment, because that’s where ‘settled’ resides.

When we are able to be in the moment, we no longer feel compelled to watch the clock. Whatever your work might be, bring all of yourself to it. When you are fully present, you may find that your labor is no longer a burden. Wood is chopped. Water is carried. Life happens.

~Tom Barrett

My nutrition:

  • 3L water
  • 6 homemade pinole squares (made from rice, sweet potato, dates, raisins)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of rice with honey
  • 2 Hammer Nutrition Gels
  • handful of peanut M&M’s, a few ginger chews
  • a gulp of Red Bull (out of solidarity to ‘pump’ us up for the last 10k)
  • Post event: a Vegan Hammer Nutrition Bar, and a salad

My shoes:

✌️🌱 … 🙏
Peace, Plants … Namaste


Soulful Sojourn: Belief – Gratitude – Living
My guiding principle in life is the invitation to show up each and every moment to live life. With confidence and understanding we develop a structure to improve fitness and choose a lifestyle that includes training, mindset, and nutrition. The intention is to discover, appreciate and express the process of living. I call this my Soulful Sojourn.