Tuesday, December 01, 2009



It's a term thrown a lot / not done a lot

* A well balanced meal / have you seen society's wasteline lately?
* Balance a checkbook (whats a checkbook anymore?) / Hello I.O.U.S.A.!

Balance is a huge part of my life, for reasons unknown and known. I could write an entire post on my (lack of?) experience with it (but will spare you). Hell, I have even thought about creating another blog to get my thoughts and experiences out (but obviously haven't).

Recently, I really enjoyed two recent blog posts by Trevor. In his most recent one, he talks about taking time off from his passion/profession (triathlon) due to injury, and takes an outside view of the sport, the people in it, and how narrow minded they are - the lack of balance they have. You see, Trevor gets it. He gets that you need balance in life, which he has.

Like Trevor, James gets it too. It seems like every blog post he has talks about the same thing - winning some race somewhere in the state of california, and how about how good the beer he drank afterwards is. He works hard, he plays hard, and has been known to keep it mellow. He has balance.

I am almost finished with a book called egonomics. Most of (the two of) you that read this weblog are into endurance sports, where there is certainly no lack of ego's. Although the book is written for working professionals, there are a lot ways that it can be applied to real life (and I'm not talking about "reality" tv here). For example, the chapter on humility starts out with the following quote:

"True humility is intelligent self-respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be". (Ralph Sockman).

I love that second sentence.

Then there's a couple pages before it dives into a really good section called "I'm brilliant, but I'm not". These are just two examples of what the book is all about - balancing your ego.

My roommate Graham, who despite being a CFO and winning a 100 mile hundred endurance run (in addition to being a family man), has got to be one of most modest, down to earth people I have ever met. There is no doubt that his ego got him to the top of the corporate and athletic worlds, yet he is balanced out by modesty, and the desire to always do better.

I could go on and on, but really, Chuckie summed it up best months ago with his yin/yang piece (Apparently, I am quite transparent b/c no one has ever "known" me so well after such little time):

"to laugh at ourselves while taking ourselves seriously, to congratulate ourselves while berating ourselves, to work and play at the same instance, to live and yet know that at the very same moment we are dying. Get busy living and get busy dying."

ps- After publishing this, I came across this from AC. Awesome.


Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...


Ulyana said...

I really liked this post. I think I'm going through what you are describing. It looks like I need to take a break from serious running (we'll see how it goes), and I feel like I need to do that for some kind of balance. I'm not giving up, I'm completely calm about this decision, and it feels right. I wonder if in my pursuit of long-distance running - which helped me achieve balance since before I started running, I was a big lazy butt - I got a bit carried away.

Toby Guillette said...

Awesome post, Ryan. Some really good ideas to keep in mind during offseason and planning 2010 as well as life in general. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Tawnee said...

Excellent post. I've been wanting to write something similar for a while now.

Egos are definitely big in triathlon, and personally I think I often fall vicitim of being overly "me me me, look at me" on my blog, fb, etc. But at the same time, by putting myself out there and being "bold" on the Internet and in the tri scene, I've made some amazing new friends this year. I guess it just goes back to the idea of balance - everything in moderation.

Trevor Glavin said...

Nice one bud!
Thanks for the mention in the post. Like you, not sure if anyone really takes me seriously but perhaps something I say influences others or at least makes them stop and think for a second =)
Keep it up man!

jameson said...

thanks for the props dude... balance is one of the main reasons i have chosen to just race bikes for now. it's simple.. single sport training. i have plenty of time to train and have fun... and fun the most important thing.