The Best-Laid Plans

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“The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.” This quote refers to something that ends poorly or differently than expected, despite preparations for success. And right now, I feel it’s a fairly apt description for my current situation. Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga was my season opener for 2018 and an event I was eagerly anticipating. Last season was incredibly frustrating and unfulfilling, ending on a particularly low note that created a strong desire to wash that taste out of my mouth. Additionally, the race itself is fantastic, in a great city merely a couple of hours from my home….

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A Season to Forget

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“Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you.” – The Stranger, The Big Lebowski Backtrack to early February 2017. I had just finished what amounted to the single-best offseason of training in my career. I had not missed a workout – not a single session – in 12 consecutive weeks. And after a few down days of recovery, I was about to begin the transition into a more specific, race-preparation block of training. In a season where the Ironman 70.3 World Championship was set to take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee – merely a 2-hour drive from my…

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Master the Offseason

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For many, the offseason is a time to kick back, reflect on the past season, hang up the equipment for several weeks (or months), and cheat a little bit on the diet. And the reality is, for a set period of time, that perspective is warranted and necessary. Mountains of hard work and sacrifice have been put in over the course of the year, and the body (and mind) simply cannot handle that level of focus and stress without taking a break to rest and recover. However, for a large portion of athletes, that period of time lingers much longer…

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Zero Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

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For those of you who keep tabs on my career and my racing schedule (all 8 of you), you may have noticed that I have been absent from competition for quite some time. I safely can tell you that my lack of participation lately certainly was not part of the plan. After a midseason break that encompassed the end of July and beginning of August, the plan was to ramp the training back up relatively quickly and return to racing at Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz on September 11. I followed up 70.3 Vineman with three incredibly solid weeks of training,…

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The Cost of Doing Business: Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant

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Everyone likely has heard the phrase “the cost of doing business.” The basic premise of the phrase is that, in order to participate in a particular marketplace, a business or organization must incur certain costs (both good and bad). Take, for example, a company that makes the decision to go public and list itself on a stock exchange. The benefit of doing so is that the company may now raise funds from the public sector, which offers much more money for investment. However, the cost associated with going public is that the company is now responsible for completing numerous filings…

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What Do Executives and Athletes Have in Common?

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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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