Excuse Me

“It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.” – by Jose Rizal

Photo of Feliza Carrera

By Kenton Sefcik

A typical chat with a friend.  Upon telling him that I’m competing in an adventure race at the beginning of June, he told me he would like to do that too.  But.


But he’d like to lose some weight first because, “You know,” he told me, “all that weight isn’t good for the knees when running.”


This is a conversation that I find myself having a lot.  Training in the martial arts, I hear it all the time: “I’d like to lose some weight before I start.”  “I’d like to get in better shape.”  “I want to get my cardio up first.”


The problem with this thinking is the postponing of the true activity.  If one wants to enter a race, take up a martial art or start Yoga, why wait?  Just go to it.  In my situation, with the upcoming race/hike, the event IS the excuse for all the things that usually plague others before they start.


I’ve been reading an inspiring book titled, ‘You Are an Ironman’ about the all-day triathlon.  What struck me about these participants was how they booked their ticket to race in the triathlon one year in advance and then proceeded to train for it.  The ‘fringe’ benefits of losing weight, getting in shape and upping the cardio were a direct by-product of the reason they were training in the first place.


Sign up, make a commitment and then plan your attack.  Enjoy the journey to get there.


About the Author: Kenton Sefcik is a father, husband, Registered Acupuncturist, published author and martial artist. You can read more of his ramblings at AMSDaily and at Dark Wing Chun.