Steve was such a visionary in the sport of triathlon and he instinctively knew what races would eventually go on to become great success stories. Of course, he wanted to be part of the history of these types of events. Back in 1996, Steve entered Aquaterra (now called XTERRA) in Maui. In its first year, Steve was one of 130 finishers and returned to Maui every year until 2012 to participate in this race (the only person from the US mainland to do so). By 2016, there were over 700 finishers. Steve knew a great event when he saw one.
In 2004, Steve wrote an article for the XTERRA organization (found within the below link):
Ironically, he made a prophetic "tongue in cheek" comment about suicidal tendencies. Eleven years later we lost Steve to suicide.
Lang Leav Poem
Through the Lens #38
Although Steve finally lost his war against his mental anguish, he still did win countless battles and in the process positively impacted so many and accomplished much. In 2014, Steve wrote a note to himself about what he would like to be said at his funeral:
"Steve was a man who was compassionate and learned from his mistakes. He dared greatly"
That he did. Steve was a warrior in every sense of the word
"I used to think I couldn't go a day without your smile. Without telling you things and hearing your voice back.
Then, that day arrived and it was so damn hard but the next was harder. I knew with a sinking feeling it was going to get worse, and I wasn't going to be okay for a very long time.
Because losing someone isn't an occasion or an event. It doesn't just happen once. It happens over and over again. I lose you every time I pick up your favorite coffee mug, whenever that one song plays on the radio, or when I discover your old t-shirt at the bottom of my laundry pile.
I lose you every time I think of kissing you, holding you, or wanting you. I go to bed at night and lose you, when I wish I could tell you about my day. And in the morning, when I wake and reach for the empty space across the sheet, I begin to lose you all over again." -- Lang Leav
Steve was renowned for his coaching skills and he walked the talk. From his writings:
10 Keys to achieving Goals
1. Be decisive: Define yourself by decisions you make.
2. Stay focused.
3. Write down your goals. Be specific. Have measurable results and due dates.
4. Plan thoroughly. Figure out the steps needed to reach your goal.
5. Involve others; surround yourself with good people.
6. Welcome failure. We learn when we fail. Failure helps you see where you need to go and if you need to readjust your plan.
7. Take purposeful action. A plan will only get you in the door. Action seals the deal.
8. Inspect what you expect. Attention increases productivity and tells you how you are doing against your goals.
9. Reward yourself. A goal achieved serves a reward and positive reflection. A pat on the back if you will.
10. Maintain personal integrity. Maintain commitment to your commitment. Personal integrity is keeping your promise to yourself..