I started doing Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons in 1998 and continued for many years before diving into the endurance distance of half and full Ironman races. It is one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life and has given me a sense of dedication, commitment, and focus that carries into all areas of my life. Yet, in the last two years I have evolved. I opened my open business, Catch Wellness LLC, where I work as a health coach and yoga has become a big part of my life. I have learned to be present and to carry my practice into my daily life. I have a new strength that gives me a sense of balance or at least a sense of what balance is. I keep striving for balance and yoga gives me the breath to keep trying. I've spent the last two years working on balancing my life, work, and interests.
But, what really matters is our health!
Health is our greatest asset. Without it, nothing else really matters, does it? If you are told you might only have two years left on this Earth, what would you do? I see this everyday, working with sick children. I see this in family and friends around me. I am blessed and don’t take this for granted. Life can be turned upside down in a matter of minutes.
My perspective changed about my half Ironman Triathlon. This race was no longer about setting a PR or making business decisions. This race was about all those around me who are faced with the challenge of living. They are faced with the challenges of pain and agony each and every day just to breathe or to get through that hour of treatment.
This is about survival. This about breath, like no other.
So, my race became a Race for a Cause, for the greater good, for someone who is fighting for life and doing it with grace, courage, and love. Brittany is a friend whom I have only known for about a year, but I feel like I have known for years. Her spirit gives me peace to know that all of these life challenges that we think are big decisions, hurdles that seem impossible, are really just moments in time on the grander scale of life; a precious life.
So, just breathe! Don’t sweat the small stuff. Believe. Trust yourself. Love. And above all, be kind.
Namaste. Dig deep. Ahimsa. Never, ever, ever give up.
Lisa Sullivan RN, Certified Health Coach, Food for Life Instructor
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” Buddha