The following is a brief profile of one of the interviewees in the upcoming book, Dream It, Live It, Love It. The full intreview and insights gained by the author will be shared in the book to be published later this year. To see future interviewee profiles via email and to stay updated on the status of the book, use the widget at the bottom right of this page to subscribe.
Ed Shaw is a 67 year old cyclist and runner who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and who three years ago retired from being a civil engineer, a career he loved. Ed’s last assignment was managing the operation of a quarry in Newfoundland that created jobs for 108 people that otherwise would not have had work. Ed loved not only the people and the satisfaction he got from helping the people there, but he also loved the feeling of doing his job well. He brings that passion for doing things well to his cycling and running, evidenced by his victories in the challenging Mount Evans cycling race and the Austin Half Marathon.
Ed got started cycling when his son, who was a very good amateur cyclist, urged him to try cycling. Ed found that he liked the speed of being on a bike, and that he had a talent for hill climbing. He then began competing in duathlons that involve running and cycling, and enjoyed success. In recent years his focus has been on doing cycling races that he likes, such as the Mount Evans race, and on the Austin Half Marathon.
Gale Bernhardt who I also interviewed for this book had told me about Ed, and his ability to give it his all. She told me that on a recent ride with a group of very good cyclists, Ed demonstrated that ability by topping out first on a grueling hill climb in Saint Vrain Canyon. Ed loves to train, and loves the friendships he has as a result of his participation in cycling and running.
I went to a Rodeo the other night and it once again occured to me how powerful it is when people find an activity they love. I was imagining the genesis of the rodeo occuring when people on ranches or farms used the resources they had at hand to create a fun activity, that eventually became sport. Well, some things became sport. The pig scramble, where a dozen young pigs are loosed in the arena, and children chase them and catch them, doesn’t seem like a sport, but a fun activity that those participating and watching enjoy. I guess maybe the pigs may not like it much, but maybe they do!
Not everyone has the ability to buy expensive equipment or take instruction or coaching, but the rodeo shows that this should not stop us. We should adopt the kid-like nature the rodeo pioneers had in finding something we can do with the resources at hand. I’d be interested in hearing stories via a comment on this blog of how people have done this, in the hopes of giving others ideas.
I had a tremendous interview last night with Gerard Moreno who is a paralympian fencer, who also competes in wheelcair basketball and downhill offroad wheelchar racing. Stay tuned for his profile coming up in a few week.
Get out today and have a blast.