“The biggest limits in life are those we impose upon ourselves.” -Chris Moon
It’s been an inspiring summer so far…I was able to reconnect with three friends through endurance racing. A spiritual rejuvenation. A recalibration of sorts for the mind.
Interestingly, their stories are not really about racing or athletics exclusively—but about humanity and inspiring others through their own efforts to be fitter and healthier and more productive in all endeavors. Each one of these people and their stories can help us to feel inspired to do a little more than we “think” we can do…even if it’s only taking the dog for a walk or a few minutes here or there. If we tap into the “human spirit,” we can begin to reach both mentally and physically. Enjoy the stories. They inspire.
Chris Moon: I met Chris through the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley last year. I have had the honor of getting to know him through my photography and personal conversations. He lost an arm and leg while clearing mines for Princess Diana in Africa—yet he runs ultra marathons. He’s also one of the few people ever to survive being captured by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. He’s one tough guy—but even more impressive as an inspiration for us all. He now speaks to corporations on health safety and risk management, change management, and motivation. Watching him run is stunning and humbling—and inspiring! Having my wife and children meet and talk with Chris was a life-changing experience for them. I hope you feel his spirit as well.
Jack Denness, MBE: “Death Valley” Jack is a Member of the British Empire and one of the top ultra runners in the world for seniors. He’s been running for years and helping children around the globe. He’s a wonderful man that really makes you recalibrate your idea of “aging” when you consider what he’s done since the age of 65! At age 75, he completed the hardest ultra marathon in the planet—The Badwater 135 Ultra in Death Valley.
Chet Blanton: Chet “The Jet” is just a normal guy that goes forever with a smile on his face. He’s inspired thousands over the years as he’s raised money for charities and raised awareness for being physically fit—while having FUN. Chet and I go way back as he was one of the first ultra athletes I coached at a high level. We can learn a lot about the “psychology” of exercise from Chet and having a good attitude. He’s a lot of fun to be around and another person who gives back to his community. Chet’s next challenge at age 55? Complete 30 full length IronMan triathlons in a row which is a 72 mile swim, 3,360 bike ride, and a 782 mile run. Whether he finishes all 30 or not—I bet he is still smiling knowing he did his best.
Movement starts in the mind—NOT the body, so on this note, I hope these stories help you to become healthier through physical activity. -RJ