Steve King

Although I have known of Paul and Christine for many years and they had lived in our triathlon-mecca community for awhile, I was unaware of the debilitating situation Paul had found himself experiencing.

Through a tragic combination of overtraining and multiple sports-related hits to the head – he was left to wrestle with deep depression and overwhelm regarding the grief and loss of hopes and dreams, as well as all of the medical, chemical and nutritional disturbances and mis-diagnosis.

Paul’s story is one of doggedness and despair but also one of ultimately choosing an attitude of gratitude. It proves that the mind can be a mentor or a tormentor, that sometimes you can ‘win more by losing’, by adapting and adjusting – by focusing on what you can do and not on what you can’t do. That a new and unplanned phase requires new lenses – that when you are in need of lifting up – you can ultimately feel renewed by helping lift others up.

It is the unpredictable nature of our existence and the death of our dreams that can make a person feel the existential vacuum – the loss of the personal palace of possibilities but, ironically, we can choose to vicariously embrace our passions by connecting with, supporting and taking pleasure in others working towards and achieving their own goals.

Paul writes of the concussions and repercussions and clearly demonstrates that “if you are going through hell, you need to keep going” and that “if you are at the end of you rope – you should tie a knot in it and hang on.”

Paul, Christine and the reader will be forever grateful that he has returned to ‘being Paul’ as his story is one that will encourage, inform and inspire.

STEVE KING is a triathlete, author, counsellor, CBC colour commentator and well-known race announcer.