Time for the second installment from my new book on Endurance Lifestyle Design. This is still part of the introduction, but begins to frame the overall purpose of the book. At the end of the day, people are successful at what they do for a variety of reasons, and genetic ability is only part of that equation.
I never get tired of answering the question I get asked almost on a weekly basis. In fact, it’s the reason why you are holding this book right now.
“How did you get to Kona? What’s your training secret?”
If you ask me that question via email, chat or forum post (because I work and live online) —or even if you manage to track me down in real life—the answer is the same. Of course, if you ask me on a Tuesday or Thursday, you won’t get an answer because I am Mr. Mom and don’t work. And no work on weekends, sorry. You’ll probably get a reply from me composed at 4am from my dining room table…or mid-afternoon as I visit my local network of Starbucks stores for a shot of caffeine and some mojo. In other words, how I answer your question is, in fact, the answer to your question. Confused yet?
“I run a global online triathlon team of Ironman athletes.”
Most folks have no idea what that is. Besides, it’s really not 100% true. But most people glaze over when I begin to explain how I work from home, take care of my two wonderful daughters, maintain a network of endurance websites…they just want to know what my magical swim/bike/run protocol is.
For the first time, I am going to tell you the full story. It’s the story of a growing number of endurance athletes who are finally putting the pieces of the puzzle together to achieve their personal, professional and athletic goals. These folks practice what I refer to as “Endurance Lifestyle Design.”
How does an average middle-aged guy go from middle of the pack to qualifying for the Ironman World Championships? To living the dream? It’s simple…he starts living the dream today, and the rest sorts itself out.
I have spent the last six years coaching athletes just like you, watching some reach new levels of fitness and wellness while others stagnate. Same workouts. Same coach. Different results.
Of course, I wanted the same results for all of my athletes. Despite all my efforts I was unable to replicate similar levels of success across all my clients. I was the same coach, using the same methodology, in the same manner. Yet 20 different people meant 20 different results. It finally hit me that while I was doing my best to effect change, at the end of the day I was only really “touching” two hours of every day on average (that’s 8%).
In other words, I began to realize that some folks were simply ready to succeed. Over time, or through luck, they had built a lifestyle that complemented their athletic goals. It might sound complicated, but it’s not. I have taken the time to identify the trends and break them down into manageable steps that anyone can take replicate the results.
What follows here in this book, then, is essentially recipes for making life be the way you want it. Managing work, life, and training doesn’t have to be stupendously hard. Really. Most endurance athletes assume that countless hours of tough work is required to achieve their dreams. While there are no short cuts, there is a better way.
The truth, as I live it and outline in this book, is very different.
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