By now this video and story I am about to share has been told many times, but I am sure there are many who haven’t heard about it, and even if you have, it is great to see again!
If you don’t know the Team Hoyt story I will give you the abbreviated version, for the whole story visit www.teamhoyt.com
Rick was born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and was severely brain damaged. The doctors told the family he would be a vegetable and they should put him in an institution. Thankfully his parents didn’t listen to the docs and they raised him as normal as they could, even teaching him the alphabet despite the fact he couldn’t respond. At the age of 10, they purchased a machine that would allow Rick to communicate by spelling things with a computer, only using his eyes. His first words were “Go Bruins.”
At the age of 15, Rick wanted to participate in a 5K race for a local athlete that had been paralyzed. Rick’s dad Dick, agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair. They finished 2nd to last, but finished! After the race Rick told his dad that he didn’t feel like he was handicapped when he was competing. It was at this moment that Dick realized what he could do to help his son. For the next 25 years they have completed in nearly 1000 running, biking, and swimming races. The incredible part is that Dick has gone from finishing second to last, to finishing very high up and has achieved some incredible records, all the while, pushing and pulling his son Rick with him. For example they have run a 2:40:47 Marathon (10 minutes faster then Lance Armstrong), 17:40 5K, 35:48 10K, and 13:43:47 Ironman in which he pulled a boat with Rick, pedaled a bike with him in the front, and pushed a stroller with Rick in it. Dick says that his son gives him strength and at the age of 65, Dick is in the best shape of his life.
There are so many lessons you could take from this story, here are a couple.
1. It is never too late to start working out. Dick was in his mid 30’s when he entered his first race and is still going strong at age 65.
2. If you put your body through the right training, unbelievable results can be obtained. Team Hoyt, went from finishing 2nd to last in a local race, to beating Lance Armstrong in a marathon!
3. Don’t let small hurdles get in your way. People make so many excuses about why they are overweight, out of shape or don’t have time to workout and eat properly. Dick could have given a million excuses why he didn’t have to push Rick through all those races, but he didn’t.
4. Be fit for a greater cause then yourself. Why is it that you workout and stay in shape? Looking and feeling great is important, but there should be more. Looking and feeling great will allow you to do ______. For Dick, it was knowing that for those moments that his son was competing, he felt like he didn’t have a handicap. For me, looking and feeling great will allow me to inspire others and give me the energy to help transform the lives of millions of people in the world. If I were overweight, had low energy, and was crabby, my effectiveness to influence those around me would be greatly decreased. This is why I workout and eat healthy.
I hope you enjoyed today’s inspirational post!
Please comment below about the reasons you, either stay in great shape, or want to get into great shape. Once you have a big enough WHY, you will find the HOW to accomplish it!