Yes

Yes!

Yes!

Today was my official return to structured training after some time off. It feels Grrrreeeeeat!

I’m a big believer in the importance of taking time away from one’s primary sport (or career) to allow for regeneration of physical tissues, to provide time for the mind to absorb all that has happened, and to grant the spirit space to charge our batteries. Room is required in order for growth to occur, and when that gap is mindfully provided it fosters cultivation of positive change. Development doesn’t always happen exactly as–or when–desired, but we can arrange our environment in a way that sets us up for success, for transformative experiences.

All the teachings by saints, sages, and wise people tell us to be present–Be Here Now. They also tell us to forget everything, unlearn it all, and find out what’s true for oneself. I wish I could say that I’ve taken that to heart willingly. However, it seems that learning the lessons for myself is more of a progressive discovery out of mistakes and stumbling blindly. But I’ve at least learned that taking time, providing space, and staying present propagates balance in mind, body, spirit that, together, underpin my happiness and sense of purpose.

During my ‘time away’ I’ve been listening to the Universe, which for me manifests kinaesthetically as very subtle sensations in my system. Others might describe it as listening to God. Approximately four years ago during my journey to qualify for and compete at the Ironman World Championship in Kona 2016, I heard a second invitation from the Universe… Ultraman. At the time, I dismissed the idea as purely crazy. I believe my exact words were, “Are you nuts!? Not a friggin chance.” Yeah, well, at the end of last season that proposition returned a bit more emphatically. It was kind like a dog nudging your arm with her nose: “I would like some attention and love, please.” After some massively needed rest I recognised that; a) I needed to heal my collapsing body, b) I wanted to build resiliency, c) that I wanted to be more durable mentally, physically and emotionally. As soon as this was understood, then preparing for and competing in Ultraman seemed like an obvious choice: Heck, it’s just three days of work, doing what I love to do anyway.

I’m happy to share that I’m healthy and happy. And with that, it’s time to start the next journey. Today marks the start of a 2-year plan that includes:
i. Multiple half-distance Ironman races
ii. Two full-distance Ironman races
iii. Ultraman Canada, Penticton July 2019
iv. Ultraman World Championship Hawaii (assuming I am invited)
v. I also hope to get involved with the ÖtiilÖ Swim-Run World Series

It’s a long and full journey. These are the key aspects of my path:

  • Meditate daily.
  • Eat healthy. (Whole food, plant based.)
  • Learn from others.
  • Be patient.
  • Start slowly.
  • Consistency = progress.
  • Share with others.
  • Have fun.
  • Be Grateful.

The Peak Performance equation outlined by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg augments durability, resilience, and development: stress + rest = growth.

I’m very stoked to represent the following companies:
Thank you for your continued support.

Namaste,
/Howie
Peace + Plants