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But I am almost certain that sometime down the line when you are practicing as a physician in the normal world, the need for fitness, activity and perhaps travel will send you back to triathlon. Maybe not as a pro, but as an age grouper just spending time doing the sport to balance off a high pressure professional life!
thinks she's going for the olympic racing walking team... time will tell if she truly loves it...
only if you truly love something will you do it and keep it doing it, till you can't do it no more.
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers
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I wonder if these folks would agree with you..
wellington, potts, alexander, wuertel, reed, sousa, kemper, rapp...and the list goes on.
"Good genes are not a requirement, just the obsession to beat ones brains out daily"...the Griz
I know that Chrissie Wellington expressed similar doubts ("triathlon is not a meaningful and fulfilling career") to Brett Sutton, who told her - correctly - that she would, because of her success, have a bigger platform to make change than she ever could have imagined working in government (which she did before). And it's true. Look at the statements she has made re: women in sport, the work she has done for ALS, and - most importantly (IMO) - the unquantifiable value of shattering the limits of what people thought was possible. Look at the people Chrissie inspires by what she does. You think that doesn't have a real impact on peoples' lives? You think that isn't fulfilling and meaningful?
It's a rare and special treat to make your living doing something you love. And I think that the opportunity to do so is always meaningful, always fulfilling, and always has a real impact on other people.
If you have a dream, pursue it as hard as you can. The world needs more of that.
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Good move by Jocelyn!
Once I'd read thru all of doc's gems on the tbb website the only reason I ever really visited was to see what Jocelyn was doing (I like Brandon's blog too).
Watching her progress was really inspiring. There was a point where she was blogging every day; that was awesome. She offered a view into a world that most of us don't get to see. And a perspective that was very open, candid and funny.
I think Jocelyn had a huge impact on people. It may not be the same as what she can do now, but she gave way more than many top pros and I was surprised more sponsors didn't clamour to sign her.
What she had that most pro's dont, is a point of view, and nothing to lose. The "problem" with many pro's is they have a lot to lose and they feel their best position is not to have a point of view. As @rapstar and Chrissie have also proven, it's not nad to have a point of view, but eventually you get defined by it. Most pro's treat triathlon as a job, then a passion. They let the job define them, Jocelyn never did and she will be the same in what she does next, it's just the way she is.
Jocelyn was fun from the get-go when I first knew her, there were just a small band of triathletes back in 2002/3 on Livejournal along with someguy called Zuckerberg, when I met her in real time she was obviously passionate and cared about things, but she thought she had a chance at making it as a pro' and so I agreed to help. She was already committed to helping through her prosthetics, we rode 40-miles back to Austin from a race where she'd just won her age group... the rest is history. She gave it her best shot, was a role model for many and had a big impact out in China and Korea, this years accident with the car at IM Korea just accelerated a decision I think should would have made anyway.
++Mark. [former wongstar travel sponsor]
Rappstar is a bit different as he was a 'voice' in triathlon before he was a successful athlete - but as time goes on he gets less and less defined by his words and more and more defined by his results.
I'd add that Jocelyn took us all on a journey as she travelled around the world, broke and single, trying to make it as a pro.
I honestly think that if she hired an editor she could take all her blog entries from this period and have a really successful book!