Risk, with a side of Failure

Sonja Wieck

A Denver area triathlete enjoying every day of swim bike run. Mom to Annie, wife to Troy, and guide to a few brave athletes, I'm always in search of the next adventure.

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17 Responses

  1. Colleen says:

    What a great post! I totally agree that taking risks is so worth it even if it’s really scary!

    I have to tell you, last night as we were driving home I was thinking about how it’s almost time for CdA again (I can’t believe it’s been a year!) and I just started getting really excited for you! I totl my husband that I’m sure you’re going to make it to kona. He thinks it’s funny how I talk about my blog/Twitter friends like I really know them! Anyway, I’m so excited for you and I’m sure all this black ink that you’ve dipped into will write a beautiful story! (is that too cheesy? Haha)

  2. Jill says:

    Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne

    You have this girl!!

    Awesome post!

  3. Laura Vedeen says:

    amazing. Thanks for the heartfelt insight and inspiration!

  4. Megan says:


    And, yet another reason why we are practically the same person: I was in dance as a kiddie, too (all the way up to high school!)

  5. Christi says:

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing!

  6. tim kasparek says:

    fantastic post Sonja. this is a topic that has resonated very strongly with me throughout my entire life but very much at my current place! my brother and i often speak about why it is that we can’t take a job and be one of those people who come in each day, go unnoticed, and leave without making a sound. most people, for various reasons or another, lose their passion early, take the “easy” way. the best things in life certainly don’t come easy and most people give up when it gets moderately difficult. intentionally setting big goals looks even more profound because it’s a concious decision when one could just as easy just go through the motions. it takes courage to go after something with all you have and most people don’t get that sort of commitment. it’s scary. keep up the great work Sonja, just know that you are not alone in your thoughts and that the risk of failure is worth it if for just one moment you can experience even a piece of joy you worked so hard to achieve!

  7. christy says:

    People who are passionate about their work, whatever that work may be, always learn even when falling down. Jim always tells me see winning as opposed to failure. And never attach self-esteem to it. No matter what, I can always learn when I follow my passions while loving others. Sometimes you fight for things and those you love the most are the only ones who understand. Check out a cool story about Levi’s bike mechanic. Pretty inspiring.

  8. Mandy says:

    Awesome post, I just read it twice. You are awesome – keep up the hard work. Risk and failure in attempting a goal is much better than sitting back, letting it go by, and not even attempting to go for it.

  9. Kelly says:

    Hey, Son…read this last night and didn’t comment, but after thinking about you all during my swim today, I just wanted to let you know a little something.

    You have taken huge risks to achieve what you are shooting for…of that, I am certain. If you fail (which I seriously doubt), you could certainly look at it as failure, but think of all the successes that have come with it.
    1. You have inspired and pushed me beyond what I thought was possible(I will speak only for myself, but I’m guessing more than one person would agree with me.)
    2. You have shown us what it is like to push, compete, and win with grace, humor, and selflessness.
    3. You have shown us what it means to work hard and be passionate about the things you love.
    4. You have done all of this and shared the good and the bad with us.
    5. You have done all of this, all the while being a wonderful mother, wife and friend.

    I could go on, and I’m sure other readers of this blog could as well. Kona or not, you are an inspiration and if that is failing, sign me up for failure with a side of losing!!

  10. Hillary says:

    I agree with Kelly 100%!

  11. mike says:


    great post.

    simply great.

  12. Laura says:

    LOVE this post and, as always, you give me much to think about on my own personal road! Thank you! What is life w/ some risk, failure and fun.. or shall I say risk, fun and failure! What good would the successes be if you didn’t fall flat on your face every now and then!!??? Now go get em girl!

  13. Laura says:

    PS… FYI. Linked to you: http://authenticliving.blogspot.com/2010/06/gosonja.html

    Thanks again for the constant inspiration! :)

  14. Ryan Oilar says:

    super inspiring! great to meet with ya in quassy, even though it was only for a short while.

  15. Jamie says:

    Awesome post. I’m not gunna lie. I’m a huge So You Think You Can Dance fan. The girl’s abs and legs are reason enough to watch every week… 😉

    Seriously though, I think there are two types of people. Those that are crippled by the fear of investing insane amounts of time and energy into something they are passionate about, and those that cannot live without without that risk.

    I think 95% of triathletes are that second group.

    If there wasn’t any risk with triathlon of not hitting a PR (or even making it to the finish line), the value in reaching that goal would be a sliver of what it could be.
    Big risk. Big reward. Big smiles.

  16. Jenn (GH) says:

    Someone sent me a link to this post and I wanted to say I love it! It’s really great! I feel the same way about taking risks although I’m not a triathlete. (I’m am considering an off-road sprint int he fall but don’t tell anyone. 😉 )
    Thanks for putting yourself out there.

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