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Happy Thoughts Library Review

Posted in Happy Thoughts Library on August 19, 2011 by eeodim

All good things must come to an end.  26 “Happy Thoughts” that I will plan to use as motivation to get me through the 26.2 miles of the run.  Here’s a recap:

 

 

A is for Alise

 

 

 

B is for Beer

C is for Chocolate Chip Pancakes

D is for Daddy!

E is for Exuma

 

 

F is for F it

 

 

 

G is for Gladiator

H is for Hip Hop

I is for Ice Cream

 

 

J is for Jamie

 

 

 

K is for Kool-Aid

 

L is for Lake City

 

 

M is for Mickey

N is for New York

O is for Odim

P is for Prayer

 

 

Q is for Quiet

 

 

 

R is for ReserveAid

S is for Sarah

T is for Too Legit

 

U is for Us

 

 

V is for Vino

W is for Withrow

 

X is for Xavier

 

 

Y is for You are …

Z is for Zzzzzzzzz

Z is for “ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ”

Posted in Happy Thoughts Library on August 17, 2011 by eeodim

I’m tired.  My body aches, I’m grouchy more often, and I don’t have the time to pursue some of my other passions in life.  It’s time to rest.  With the impending addition of our new baby I will have roughly 3 months to start sleeping in late on the weekends before the madness begins again.  Honestly, I can’t wait.  I love this sport.  I enjoy the early morning Saturday rides with my friends and the relaxing swims after a rough day of work, but I’m ready to veg and play the part of couch potato for a while.  I should add that I have this God given gift to be able to fall asleep within 3.7 seconds of shutting my eyes.  Some people are strong, others are really smart, I can sleep.  Not only can I fall asleep quick, but I can sleep hard.  Who am I to let such a talent go to waste?!

Y is for “You are …”

Posted in Happy Thoughts Library on August 15, 2011 by eeodim

You are an athlete.  You are a role model for your kids.  You are physically strong.  You are mentally strong.  You are racing for a great cause.  You are almost there.  You are not afraid of pain.  You are a muthaf’in ninja.  You are not going to quit.  You are done doubting yourself.  You are blessed.  You are going to catch that person in front of you.  You are able to relax tomorrow.  You are inspiring others.  You are going to owe Wifey for everything she’s put up with.

“Evan Odim … You are an Ironman!”

X is for “Xavier”

Posted in Happy Thoughts Library on August 2, 2011 by eeodim

My wife and I recently found out the newest addition to our family will be a boy.  Up to this point I hadn’t put any effort into possible names (girl or boy) as I thought it was a waste of time.  One of them wasn’t going to be used so why muddle through possibilities?  Anyway, after we received the news I asked wifey what she was thinking.  She threw out “Evan Xavier” as a possibility.  I had never thought of having my son having the same name as me, but it grew on me pretty quick.  I relayed that regardless of what his name will be I would end up calling him “Junior” as a nickname.  She took it one step forward and decided “EJ” sounded good.  So there we have it … Evan Xavier Odim aka “Junior” aka “EJ” will be welcomed into the world early December. Talk about some great motivation …

W is for “Withrow”

Posted in Happy Thoughts Library, Team ReserveAid on July 6, 2011 by eeodim

I’ve told this story before, but it’s worth mentioning again.  I don’t remember the exact date, but I believe it was in the fall of 2009 and I get this phone call from my boy, JW (aka Withrow).

JW:  I want to ask you a question, but I don’t want you to reply without hearing me out first.  Can you do that?

Me:  Ummmm … ok.

JW:  What do you think about doing the NYC Triathlon?  A 0.9 swim down the Hudson, a 26+ mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run

Me:  (silence) Ummmm … (followed by more silence)

Ever the salesman, JW eventually convinced me to join him on his quest to race NYC 2010.  After the race I figured I’d retire the Speedo’s and move on to my regular rotation of playing basketball on a weekly basis.  Little did I know that the guy who could sell ice to an Eskimo also sold me on the idea of racing IMLOU after I told him repeatedly he was a lunatic for trying it himself.

The reason I bring Withrow up in my Happy Thoughts Library, and I should include his wife Jess, is they are two incredible people.  Allowing myself to be a bit cliché here, they will literally give the shirts off their backs to help their friends and racing buddies reach their goals.  They do this time and time again asking for nothing in return.  I joke that when I need something for my bike I either go to my local bike shop, High Gear, or I go to the Withrow’s.  Very few people in life are as driven, competitive, and thoughtful of others well being all at the same time.  It’s an interesting mix and one that pushes me to new levels.  I’m reasonably sure I would have never signed up for something like this without JW’s prodding.  In fact, there is a huge crew of fellow Team ReserveAid members who would probably say the same thing.  The Withrow’s have recruited 20 people to race IMLOU and an astounding 27 to race IMNYC a year from now – simply amazing.  A true testament to their commitment to ReserveAid.

In 53 days I hope to call myself and Ironman and for this I will owe a huge debt of gratitude to JW for pushing me further than I ever thought I could go.

V is for “Vino”

Posted in Happy Thoughts Library on July 6, 2011 by eeodim

It’s been a while since I  last updated my Happy Thoughts Libraray, so I thought I’d get off my lazy ass and finish this bad boy up.  We’re on “V” now …

Not too long ago, before Triathlons, before Decathlon’s, and even before boxing I was known to throw back a glass of wine or two with my nightly dinner.  I’d walk in the door, kiss my girls hello, and crack open a nice bottle of wine.  It was a perfect way to unwind after a day of work.  Once I started working out heavily and getting more involved with these various competitions I slowed the consumption down tremendously – almost to a screeching halt actually.  I figured it was just empty calories and I was negating all the effort I was putting in via my workouts.

Wifey often tells people that after 9 years of being together she has never seen me drunk.  She’s seen me buzzed, she’s seen me relaxed with a big ‘ol smile on my face, but she’s never seen me drunk.  After IMLOU I plan on breaking that streak.  If it were up to me I’d have the guy in the picture at the finish line dusting off that bottle for me and my ReserveAid compatriots to share.  I guess I’ll just have to settle for a few once we get back home.

U is for “Us”

Posted in Happy Thoughts Library on May 4, 2011 by eeodim

The support I’ve received from my family has been unbelievable.  My girls have been the greatest cheerleaders a father could ask for.  I know seeing them on the course will provide that shot of adrenaline that I’ll sorely need.  If only others could be so lucky to have a crew like mine.