Tuesday, December 7, 2010

5-4-3-2-1 Inspiring Story

I really appreciate everyone who follows my blog.  I never would have believed I could have ever gotten so many people following my crazy life.  I do not believe in giveaways that require people to follow my blog. I want my followers to follow me because they want to, not because they want to win something. 

Every time someone follows my blog I take some time to learn a little more about them.  I see what blogs they follow and if they have a blog I read some of it.  Some of their blogs I read daily and others I stop by when I get time.  I wish I had time to read everyone's blog everyday but that is just not possible.

Recently I got a blog follower that I have no clue how she found my blog.  Most of the time I get followers after I stumble upon their blog and leave comments on a few of their posts.  This follower I have never seen before so I was really curious about her.

This new followers name is Cara and her blogs called 5-4-3-2-1.  I usually like to start at a blogger's first post so I can learn a little more about why that person is blogging.  After reading Cara's first blog post I was inspired.  I would suggest checking it out here.  This is a heart felt post about issues her and her mother had to overcome.  It is a real tearjerker but well worth your time to read.  She used running and triathlons to rise above and overcome some major issues.  Hopefully it will further inspire many of you to reach your goals and overcome your life's difficulties.

What is your inspirational story?  Why do you swim, bike or run weekly?  Do you do it for fun or health?  Or do you do it to overcome life's difficulties?  Personally it is all three for me.  I started for health and to overcome some issues happening in my life.  Only after doing it for a while did it become fun for me.

PS: Cara how did you find my blog?


  1. Thanks for sharing!

    Why I run? (i) because my MD told me that I could never run as short a distance as a 10K due to my kidney problems. I sure proved him wrong, didn't I? ;) (ii) because it keeps me mentally sane. With a job like mine it's easy to lose yourself in all the work related stress. I did not want that to happen. (iii) running is me-time. Need I say more? :)

  2. Wow, thanks for sharing. Very inspiring.

    Honestly, I first started my blog to let family know what I was up to, so it was all over the place - from gardening to knitting to runnin...and I only posted like once a year.

    But then I found triathlon. I started blogging just to keep myself accountable of my training since I train alone and live in the middle of nowhere. Literally. (And for the record, I love it.) No one here trains for anything, so I felt pretty alone. Then I started reading other blogs which motivated me to push harder, be better. And I didn't feel so alone anymore.

    Honestly, I laughed when I thought of anyone reading my first blog because it has nothing to do with triathlon, I have to go look and see what it is about.

  3. That is an amazing story! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. Thanks so much for passing on my story, Kevin! It means so much! I follow so many journeys and am so inspried them all; it is nice that we can be a community like this! I found your blog when another blog I follow linked to your bicycle safety post. I will have to track down who it was, but I will find out for you!! thanks so much!!

  5. @Cara - I'm glad I could help. Keep up the great work. You got to spread the love. We are just one big family and all of us have personal battles we fight. But we all share a common interest and should support each other. I would love to know who linked back on the post.


  6. Very inspiring. Thanks for alerting us about her blog!

  7. Cara is such an inspiration!

    Why did I start blogging...to document the things that I would never, ever, never have though I could or would do! :)

  8. wow - talk about inspirational indeed!!

    (Ps. I dont have a twitter account?! I know...crazy right. Although I am thinking of purchasing a new phone so stay tuned.....)

  9. Thanks for sharing this Kevin! I suppose somehow all of us do it for all three reasons you give. Health is very important to me but the life upliftment I get overall is just so great. Some races I do just because I want to do something a little (or a lot) crazy.

  10. Kevin, I stumbled upon your blog after you left a message on one of my posts. A crazy blog world we live in. In any event, I'm starting to check out your blog. Its always good to get the perspective of another Florida tri blogger.

  11. I share your philosophy about followers and the tiny joy from discovering someone else in the universe with a grand story to tell. I run because I can't stop and I live in fear of the day I do.