Physical Support

I don’t claim to be in great physical condition.  In fact, I’m overweight and out of shape. However, over the years, I’ve been encouraged to keep from going too far over the edge by the Men’s team.   Next week I am signed up to ride my bike in the Solvang Century.  I had said I was interested in riding in Solvang and one of the other men said, OK, if you say you are interested, then let’s do it.  I agreed.  He signed up and then asked me if I had signed up.  I was bound to my word and signed up.  That support moved me from thoughts to action. There are other members who are likely to join us next week and the team as a whole is very supportive.

Over the years, I’ve run six marathons, done a couple of triathlons, ridden some century bike rides, all of which I would not have done without support.  Having one or more people supporting you by partnering with you makes a tremendous difference.  When somebody has your back and you have theirs then the excuses fall away.  You can’t bail on them when they are not bailing on you.

Physical support might look like a weekly meeting at the gym, a run, a bike ride, a walk, or a hike.  You don’t have to have a men’s team to get physical support, but it’s a built in part of being in a support group like Team Samurai.

Of course the support thing can cut both ways.   You can support each other in doing something, and you can also support each other in not doing something.  When you “let each other slide”, you can be in collusion to “not” do something while maintaining the illusion that you are being supported by each other.  On Team Samurai we have some “come to Jesus” discussions every so often to expose those places where we are letting each other slide.

Come to think of it, we haven’t had one of those in a while, maybe we are in collusion to “not” have one of those meetings :-)

OK back to the positive side of the coin.   The physical support that I have gotten from Team Samurai has and will continue to make a significant different in the quality of my life and I greatly appreciate it.

Onward to Solvang!!!

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