I am an athlete, a coach, a proud father and a husband. I work from home running my own businesses and doing my best not to drop any of the many balls I might be juggling at any given time. I am an age group athlete just trying to make the most of what I have been given for as long as I’ve got it.
Most days I write online here (my blog archive is here) and on other sites as well. Sometimes in magazines. I write to help people achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals by organizing their personal, professional, and entrepreneurial lives.
My books teach people how to take control of their lives through the lens of fitness. I encourage these folks to then use this act as a stepping stone to building a sustainable lifestyle, a platform from which they can work to improve all aspects of their lives that have meaning.
- Competitive Triathlon in 10 Hours A Week
- Your Best Marathon
- Live to Train: An Insider’s Guide to Building the Ultimate Fitness Lifestyle
I run two online communities for athletes, including Endurance Nation and Marathon Nation. I work daily to support these amazing athletes on their personal journeys to the Ironman or Marathon finish line. While I participate in both as I am an athlete myself, my primary role is as facilitator and organizer. I help foster community both online and at events, and work to ensure that our technology and coaching knowledge complement the living community that we have created. This is some of the most exciting work I have ever done, period.
I also offer the rare 1:1 coaching opportunity…these slots are limited and booked quarterly. You can inquire via email here: patrick [dot] mccrann [at] gmail [dot] com.
My Entrepreneurial Side
In my consults, I work with entrepreneurs and small businesses interested in changing the world by connecting people with shared passions and interests. And when the right company comes along, I coach on how to encourage and facilitate community as a part of their core business. In 2012 I’ll be working to launch Super Human Business (www.superhumanbusiness.com), a dedicated resource for sole proprietors and start ups looking to scale.
How to Book Your Consult
- Register for a Consult Session online here.
- We confirm a date & time for the session.
- I’ll email you a set of questions about your situation and ambitions. Note: Please send the Q&A back at least two days before our session.
- Then…It’s on! We put our heads together and see what emerges. There are no limits here…everything is game.
- The MP3 recording of the phone session will be emailed to you.
- Then…you go forth and dominate your work, your training, your world…like you were meant to.
Feedback + Testimonials
“Patrick is a remarkably energetic, insightful, and visionary person. He worked with several internal and external leaders to help us develop a vision for a web-based community. He brought rich personal experience and understanding of what works and doesn’t work on the web, and his unique experience quickly made him a leader in the group. Patrick is a pleasure to work with and his passion and skill for community building would add value to any company exploring this space.“
– Bill M. Thrivent Financial; Minneapolis, MN
“As a wife, mother of four young adult sons, business owner, and triathlete, I was confident I had mastered personal and professional stress management. Or so I thought. A huge–and unexpected–benefit of working with Patrick for the past three years as an Endurance Nation athlete has been finding new ways to explore and redefine what it means to live a truly balanced lifestyle.
Following his blogs, reading his new book, and watching how he puts his words into action in his own life, has opened new ways of thinking in my own mind. Patrick has helped me uncover how my personal and professional passions, discipline, and accomplishments can feed and fuel a symbiotic whole–the place where true empowerment lies. I encourage you to read and listen to his words to help you refine and reignite your personal vision.”
– Linda P. Boston, MA (Online Here)
“My consultation with Patrick McCrann was invaluable. As someone who has “walked the talk” with his own successful online businesses, he saved me years of frustration with his practical steps for taking my dream and turning it into a reality.”
– Erik Hajer Boston, MA (Online Here)
My endurance career began on a local track with my mom counting laps as I panted in pathetic circles. “Isn’t that five laps,” I’d ask? “Nope,” she’d reply, checking the pile of rocks she’d been using to count as proof. “Four down, four to go.” Certainly not your average Wednesday night bonding moment between a 12 year-old and his mom, but a very telling scene. Memories like this have driven me to qualify for the Ironman World Championships (three times, PR of 9:52) and the Boston Marathon (three times, PR of 2:59).
I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan where I taught English as a second language and also worked with the local teacher’s university. I left Central Asia for the Caucuses where I was the program manager of the Community Development Initiative for the International Rescue Committee in Azerbaijan. In both countries I strove to learn the local language, culture and norms. I think those four years abroad were infinitely more instructive than the time I spent at Boston University (BA, English) and Harvard (AM, Russian Studies).
I caught the triathlon bug when my brother did his first Ironman, and my return to the US for graduate school afforded me the time to train. I quickly moved from being interested to being consumed to being a coach. I ran my own coaching company (Performance Training Systems) as a full-time job (no safety net!) until I realized that I could do more than just work with individuals…I could build movements. With more than 1,000 athletes currently involved in my companies, it’s clear there’s no going back!
If you are looking to reach me, the best way to do so is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send me a message via Twitter (@pmccrann). While I read everything, I don’t reply to it all. I love feedback and suggestions for articles or content, like “Could you please write about racing internationally on a budget?” but I just don’t do reviews or strange requests for personal help.
Twitter + Elsewhere
: Twitter. If you live online, Twitter is your pulse. Embrace it. You’re following me, right?
: Facebook. I’m there, but I never check my private Facebook messages, so via Twitter or direct email is best.
: Strava. My run and occasional bike workouts.
: Posterous. Updates from my training and racing.
: Flickr. A collection of my various photos from all over the interwebs.
: YouTube. Where many of my videos live.
: MyFitnessPal. This is where I manage my nutrition when I am in race preparation mode. Tweet me and I’ll friend you up!
Please take my stuff
Please do. Link to it from Twitter. Post it on your site or on your Facebook page… with credit of course. Please help spread the good word.