When I started skiing there were two people I wanted to be like. Those two people were Owen and Brian. I’m going to start with a thank you to Brian.
Brian is a pretty quiet dude who doesn’t say much, so for that reason I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. Among so many other lessons, I think the most important thing Brian taught me was to “show up” on race day.
“Steve, I can help you wax your skis on Friday, but don’t expect me to touch them on Saturday morning.” Everything is sacred on race day. Show up and be prepared to take care of what needs to be taken care of.
Brian had an ability to make the race day performance count. He could hurt when he needed to hurt. He could focus when he needed to focus. The blinders went on and he went to work.
I remember watching Brian’s start with another athlete. The other athlete commented, “This is a 15K! Pace yourself dude.” I thought to myself, “He is man. This is just one part of what showing up looks like. He’s ready to hurt.”
Outside of skiing Brian was also a super generous guy. I can absolutely attribute the fact that I’m an athlete today to Brian’s generosity throughout my time in Guelph. He made it possible for me to train at a level I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Thank you my friend. You are awesome and I’m looking forward to when our paths cross again in the future.