Friday, September 30, 2005

Some refreshing news from the sport of triathlon, for a change!

Well in spite of the sport and all the stupid politics that goes on, there are some very good things going on. Recently I received a copy of the Home Life Magazine, actually the same day I received a copy of the totally bad rag, Triathlon Times sent by USA Triathlon. The magazines are in such contrast and it seemed ironic that they would come on the same day. It was like getting a special message from George Carlin and Bill Graham all on the same day. Tri Times is such a waste of those beautiful trees that grow somewhere and are ruthlessly cut down to accommodate useless information published by Tri Times. On the other hand there is hope on this green earth with such feel good publications as the Home Life.

The September issue of HL had a great article about Barb Lindquist and husband, Loren. Barb was even on the front cover in her USA Triathlon, Red, White and Blue garb. Why I received this magazine I really do not know why, since I am neither Baptist nor do I frequent these type of magazines. It is actually published by LifeWay Press and assures us in the index page "that the Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter and that all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy." How can I go wrong on this article?

So, with that being said I would like to convey some of the great points that were brought out in this article about one of the most outstanding female triathletes the sport has been blessed with. The article really struck close to home for me since I have had some close up dealings with some of the "elite" athletes of the sport. While the majority of the experiences have been very good, the bad has been worse than bad. I will not dwell on the bad this morning since I am feeling good, and will dwell on the bad some morning when I really feel like ragging some of the scum in the sport.

The good news about Barb and her husband, Loren, is that they appear to have their priorities in good order and represent the best in our society. It is so refreshing to see this generation set their goals and stick to their guns, no matter the consequences. Barb states, "My relationship with God is definitely number one in my life, and number two is my relationship with[my husband] Loren, the triathlon can take a back seat." "People will say that you're never going to be as good a triathlete if you don't put it as your number one priority, and you have to sacrifice everything for it." Barb adds, "But I think if you're not right with God first, then nothing else is going to be right in your life."

Barb has enjoyed the great outdoors her whole life. She grew up in Casper, Wyoming, starting her swimming, biking and running when she was 8 years old. Her mother enrolled her in swimming very early and has been a strong influence on her athletic life. Her mother even started doing triathlons at the ripe ole age of 54, herself, and is still competing at 61. The story goes on to say that Barb met her future husband through a cycling club in Jackson, Wyoming. A match made in heaven, with both understanding the great outdoors and what it took to compete on the international level. They married eight months later and have become a great triathlon team, with Bard competing, and Loren being her strong support in coaching, managing, and the technical aspects needed to compete in three disciplines. They have learned to counter act each other weaknesses with their strengths, and it has paid off handsomely for them, both on and off the field of competition. While Barb has a long list of accomplishments, to include being on the Olympic team in 2004, she always goes back to the strong feeling of being right with God and keeping her priorities in life straight.

For the future, Barb has decided to retire from racing triathlon and will move forward in life, to the next step. They will focus their time now and building their family with children. They will continue in the sport of triathlon with camps, clinics and spreading the word of how to keep your priorities straight and still be one of the best in the world.

We wish them well, and thank them for all they have done for our sport.

Mike Greer


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