Excuses? NO MORE! Maze a day 84

Maze a day 84

"Yes you can!" Team Hoyt

I chose today’s quote because I believe that I can achieve all my goals no matter the odds. Yes I can do it! As I have shared with you I started this project because of my failing to reach various goals in the past few years.  What I didn’t share with you is that in my pursuit of my goals I have cost my family house and home.

My failed ideas/business caused my family and I to lose our home, to live in a shelter.  As much as it killed the family spirit, my boys survived and thrived in school. My wife survived and now thrives. And I survived and learned to KEEP GOING! During one of our 30 days in the shelter I had a dream with the words “Don’t mistake slow progress for failure.” Replaying those words no less than 200 times that night, I view that night as my “Grow to be” moment. The moment when I knew 100% that I was on the right path (needing better planning) and had to continue to fight.

We all have setbacks and sometimes the smallest thing can help us to get back up and try again. When you feel that you “can’t” imagine the life of an Ironman athlete.   Considered the toughest race and physical challenge on the planet, it consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike course and a 26.2 mile marathon. When you feel you can’t go any further in your race to achievement think of the tri-athlete and every single step of this grueling challenge. When that inspires you to keep going think of Team Hoyt, which like me will inspire you to NEVER STOP!

Whats so amazing about Team Hoyt? consisting of Father Dick and his son Rick they compete in Ironmans to full marathons. All the while Dick is pushing, biking, and towing during the swim portion son Rick who is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. But as Dick explained “Rick is the one who pushes me.”  With the Hoyt’s family motto “yes you can” they have competed in over a 1000 races, and Rick who doctors advised institutionalized living has overcome immeasurable odds to accomplish more than most, by attending and graduating from college and running his own business.

Competing since 1977, Dick age 71 and Rick age 51 are still out trotting the globe one step at a time proving to the world that if we all put our minds to it no matter the task or obstacle “Yes we can” do it!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dick Hoyt for the purpose of the blog and will share one of the most inspiring conversations that I’ve ever had during tomorrows post.  And as if the feat of competing wasn’t enough fuel to inspire action in us all I’ve included Team Hoyt’s statistical career to show you that they don’t just compete to say they did it but are in it to win it!

Race History

240      Triathlons (6 Ironman distances, 7 Half Ironman)
22         Duathlons
69         Marathons (29 Boston Marathons)
8           18.6 Milers
92        Half Marathons
1           20K
37        10 Milers
32        Falmouth 7.1 Milers
8           15K’s
214      10K’s
154      5 Milers
4           8K’s
18        4 Milers
140     5K’s
8          20 Milers
2          11K’s
1           7K
1           20 Mile Bike for Best Buddies
1051   Total Events (as of June 2011)
Best End Times
2:40:47     Marathon
56:21          15K
1:21:12       Half Marathon
40:27         7.1 Miler
13:43:37   Ironman Triathlon
35:48          10K
2:01:54      18.6 Miler
27:17          5 Miler
59:01          10 Miler
17:40          5K
2:10:45      20 Miler
Biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992 3,735 miles in 45 consecutive days.

~ by mazemangriot on September 12, 2011.

4 Responses to “Excuses? NO MORE! Maze a day 84”

  1. Yes!

  2. There is nothing to say. I feel like a slacker. Thanks for the kick in the butt.


  3. Hello
    The first sentence “I chose today’s quote because I believe that I can achieve all my goals no matter the odds.” I really liked…. At the moment I am reading a book about how to find your Greatness, since I started reading you crossed my mind… with your blog and determination to start is an inspiration… I read quote from the book “Most of them “successful people” had set of success habits that they perform almost every day to achieve that
    God created us with strong spirit and will to achieve and try our best .. He gave us what we need in this world.. we just need to utilise it correctly and I guess to know it is there .. There is no failure in the book of successful man but there are stepping stones to something greater.
    Yes you can


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