The Climb

My position in life resembles today’s Tahoe training ride:  tough hills – recovery – push – recovery – start again and repeat.


This morning as I was engaging in my 10th week of cycle training for “Bike The West,” coming up on June 5, the thought occurred to me that tough workouts and their results are similar to one’s climb in life.  The outcome of the hard work appears to be easy, but the determination and discipline of doing the job is not so clear cut.  Like the climbs/intervals in my ride, life can be hard and challenging, and I-we get to choose if I-we will give up or keep going.  Do we stop and contemplate throwing in the towel,  take a different road or stick with the plan? The climb is a test of our will and our desire.  If you do the climb you will eventually get to the peak,  but if you constantly ride flat road you probably won’t grow through a challenge.  I want to get better, stronger and leaner by working through the uncomfortable both mentally and physically.  We aren’t born to stay the same,  we are born to be excellent.   I agree with Jill- if it doesn’t challenge you- it doesn’t change you.


Today, I challenge each of you to take inventory of your life, look at the small changes you can make to get on track to achieving a Sound Mind in a Healthy Body.  Be all that you can be, feel amazing in your skin, care for yourself and like yourself, shine, get out of your comfort zone and go for your personal gold!


The Olympic spirit is best expressed in the Olympic Creed: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”


Lolo Jones is an athlete I admire for her tenacity, talent and faith in God.  She is a Hurdle’s phenom and I love watching her perform.  Her story is rags to Olympics, and struggled through much adversity.  She’s a beautiful person inside and out.  She fights through everything, and is a grateful type person.  Read Lolo’s story, it’s inspiring.


Frank Klopas– fellow Greek, is a passionate and hard working Olympian who played soccer with the inches attitude.  Training every day, never missing a beat, following the philosophy that games are won in inches,  you have to make the most of every single one by working harder than the next guy. Frank is a friend, and he was generous enough with his time to attend and participate in Kiki’s Krew, my Walk For Diabetes team, in 2006.


Christina Loukas, also a fellow Greek, is a dynamo.  Soft spoken, but tough.  A gymnast who turned diver, she is agile, motivated and even keeled.  Christina also worked through the climb, working so hard as a student diver at Indiana University, she was able to participate in two Olympic Games during college years.  Also-loved having the opportunity to interview Christina for the Kiki Vale Show…so fun to experience her live during diving competition at Indiana.



These fabulous athletes inspire me, but so does Jill!  Coach keeps me focused and demonstrates the way to improve by giving me the workouts to challenge and change me.  Today I was in the game, and completed the “HILLS,” even though they weren’t fun, they made me better, stronger and one inch closer to being ready for my 72 mile ride next month.

the climb


Getting to gear 18- four times was tough but it was worth the climb! Here’s to you and me growing and becoming excellent one step at a time.

Have a great night, and sleep well.


Carpe Kefi!

Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]