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Terri Schneider Terri Schneider triathlete. limit breaker. authenticity chaser.

As an adventure racer, triathlete, ultrarunner, and mountaineer, Terri Schneider has raced and adventured in over 70 countries. She is the author of Triathlon Revolution: Training, Technique, and Inspiration. [www.terrischneider.com]

I don’t view freedom as a nebulous, free-wheeling, barefoot-dancing, sky-flying way of being. For me, freedom is having a clear, authentic, grounded view of myself that opens me to power and to confidence that lets me truly choose to be in and act from who I am. Freedom is having the consciousness to choose authenticity during beautiful as well as ugly moments. Freedom is accessing our always-available greatness and goodness easily and consistently.

I initially tasted that sense of freedom when I was ten and came in second-to-last in my first running race. The mental and physical dance required of me under duress unveiled a joy that – even to my young self – felt like truth. I felt so free that I had no intellectual connection to my poor performance. I’ve devoted my life to exploring that experience. What I understood then and have continued to explore, is that freedom is really amazing when it isn’t easy to acquire. We find freedom when we’re comfortable in discomfort, peaceful in the face of the storm.

Freedom can show up in the feeling of appreciation for my strong body after I’ve run for hours in the desert in 120-degree heat, in seeing the beauty and goodness in a loved one in the same moment we’re having a heated disagreement, and in knowing I can always be at ease in the truth of the struggle – if I let myself.

When I became a professional triathlete, dealing with the elation and significant rigors of day-to-day immersion in training, racing, and travel, I learned that freedom is the combination of balancing body and mind while realizing that what I have access to is limitless. I am limitless. This limitless freedom allows me to be open to the next opportunity of creating something big from nothing.

I bring that sense of limitlessness into adventure racing, ultra running, adventure travel, mountaineering, and nurturing my business – and the adventure continues. In all my endeavors, I’m free in knowing that I’m not living a “coulda, woulda, shoulda” life. I’m living in the eye of an authentic life.

Freedom comes when we’re being in and adapting to whatever is presented to us now. Big freedom is simply being comfortable in now.

– Terri Schneider

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