A Journey Defined

Anything is Possible with Passion, Planning, and Process

Ironman 70.3 Raleigh: Practice What I Preach

In speaking with other triathletes, as well as executives that I work with in my consulting practice, I frequently get asked about mental strategy, focus and goal setting. It is not surprising that those questions come up so regularly; nearly everyone has strong ambitions and clear objectives of wanting to better themselves in a variety of ways. The principal component that I always emphasize is the need to focus on process over outcome. Or, for another way of phrasing, focusing only on that which you can control. The idea is very simple in theory: worry only about the aspects of...
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Oh Tennessee River: Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga

Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga marked my first return to real racing—and by “real,” I mean back competing against some of the best triathletes in the world—since being hit by a car last September. I had performed a test run, competing at a smaller Olympic distance race about a month before this one, but there were still many, many questions about my fitness level; my performance; and, most importantly, my confidence and psyche. My training leading into 70.3 Chattanooga had been largely low key. I had accumulated a solid amount of volume, but after so many months without focused training while my…

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A Return to Racing

When a car struck me while riding on the morning of September 2, 2015, despite finding myself in an emergency room and requiring my cycling kit to be cut off from my body, I still had the belief that I would be able to compete at my next event in two weeks. Perhaps that conviction was simply the steadfast resolve of a committed athlete. Or more likely, perhaps such an inane belief was precipitated by a head injury sustained during the accident. Once the diagnosis came in with several fractures, a concussion, and mountains of road rash and severe abrasions;…

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What Do Executives and Athletes Have in Common?

To many people, the worlds of professional athletics and business could not be further from one another. However, upon closer assessment, each of these careers requires very similar set of characteristics in order to be successful in one’s chosen profession. Whether pursuing a World Championship or climbing the corporate ladder, the following qualities pervade the habits of highly successful individuals in both lines of work: Passion Nearly all levels of success originate from a relentless passion for one’s career. This passion cannot be limited to discrete aspects of the job description; it must encompass the entire pursuit. For the athlete,…

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Stress: Good or Bad for Your Body?

Cortisol is a powerful hormone produced in the adrenal glands positioned on top of the kidneys. Known as the “stress hormone,” its primary role is to mobilize your body’s nutritional resources in stressful situations. In conjunction with the release of epinephrine, cortisol serves as part of the “fight or flight” response where its role is to mobilize stored carbohydrates, catabolize proteins into glucose and mobilize stored fats. These nutrients, in turn, are used to allow the body to deal with the stressor, whether it is an important meeting or a saber-tooth tiger. Therefore, in short bursts, elevated cortisol is good…

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