I am a sucker for movies about the underdog who conquer the challenge of a lifetime. I love rooting for the little guy. Their success is proof that regular folks like you and me have a shot at achieving our dreams too.
One of my favorite underdog movies is Chasing Mavericks which tells the true story of surfing legend Jay Moriarty, and his journey to surf gigantic waves called mavericks. Few professional surfers have ever conquered a Maverick – let alone a 15-year-old kid from the wrong side of the tracks. To achieve his dream, Jay forms a bond with a legendary local surfer named Frosty who is a bit of a recluse.
Frosty trains Jay in unconventional manners that focus not just on the physical, but the mental and spiritual too. A critical part of this training is conquering the fear inside – the same major roadblock many of us have on our own journeys. Sometimes that fear is personal. Other times it’s tainted by other people’s fears. Either way, if we can’t get past that fear, our chances of success decrease dramatically.
Frosty asks, “What are you afraid of? You’ve got a chance to change everything. Take it. This is about more than just surfing. This is about choices you make in life. This is about finding the one thing that sets you free. You need to believe in yourself or none of this matters.”
Believing in yourself isn’t easy. Nor will the path to success be smooth and comfortable. Life rarely presents a perfect time or optimal conditions; more likely life will throw you curve balls and knock you down.
Fleet Feet peep, Lynne Tapper, can attest to this. A few years ago she confided in me her long-time dream to open a Float Center but she was fearful and nervous about it because there were a lot of unknowns.
I shared my story. About how I zero retail or business ownership experience. But also, about how I had a deep-rooted desire to help to make people’s lives better and healthier through exercise. I told her that the safest investment you can make is in yoursel and encouraged her to start taking baby steps towards making her dream a reality.
Lynne encountered hurdles, but along the way she met Michele Beaule, who was just as passionate about creating a place that soothes the body and soul, as well as helps athletes and fitness enthusiasts recover faster. On May 29, they opened Imagine Float, a beautiful boutique float and wellness center in Avon featuring three float rooms, full-body cryotherapy, compression therapy and an infrared sauna.
After an afternoon of floating and compression therapy, Lynne remarked that I was glowing. I told her that it was a combination of being completely relaxed and utterly proud of her. She made her dream reality. A heavenly reality at that!
Resolve to not let fear get in the way of your dreams. Believe in yourself and set yourself free. Your Maverick awaits!
IMAGINE CONQUERING 13.1
We've got the date (Saturday, October 12) and the steps (a proven training program led by great coaches). You supply the action.
Our training program for the Eversource Hartford Half Marathon begins on Saturday, July 27. Click on a circle below to learn more!
NIKE VAPORFLY NEXT%
The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, the long-awaited successor to the Vaporfly 4%, will be available in store on Thursday, July 11.
Limited pairs available – call the store (860-233-8077) before 7pm on Wednesday to reserve your size or be one of the first in line to try them on Thursday at 10am.
The newest shoe in HOKA’s lineup of max-cushioned kicks. The Rincon is light and fast while still providing plentiful protection for your joints. Coming in lighter than the Clifton 6 but packing just as much foam, we think HOKA got it right. It feels light and breezy, and offers a plush ride that’s ideal for everyday training runs and responsive enough for up tempto miles, too.
Our testers logged easy training runs and speed workouts in the HOKA Rincon to see how it feels running different paces, how it fits and how it's different from other HOKA shoes.