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In this, the fourth installment from my new book on Endurance Lifestyle Design, I transition from introducing ELD to giving some basic examples of folks who “get” the lifestyle.

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So you get it. Or at least if you have gotten this far, you understand that more time spent training isn’t exactly the optimal way to reach your goals, be they persoanl, preofessional, social, etc. More, you now understand, isn’t always…MORE.

I have worked 80+ hour weeks. I have trained 25+ hours in a week. I have done both of these simultaneously, learning firsthand that more of everything typically means less of what you really want.

I have also qualified for Kona three times. My dirty little secret that I can share with you is that I managed to do less and less training each time. I have qualified for Boston, recently ran a sub-3 hour marathon (Fall 2009) and am prepping for another shot at Kona with a sub-10 hour performance in Lake Placid (July 2010). A long time life goal for me, and I am doing it on 6-8 hours a week of training as we work to grow Endurance Nation and I maintain my commitment to my family.

Success in endurance sports has nothing to do with how much training you do. Being a stupid fit athlete and racing like a stupid fit athlete are, at the core, two very different things. Certainly not mutually exclusive, but by no means does fitness guarantee results. And lots of training doesn’t guarantee lots of fitness either.

The value of your training time is multiplied by how you use it. Using this consideration, the athlete who trains 25 hours a week for an event 12 months away is getting less value from their time than the athlete who trains 6-8 hours a week and has literally boatloads of free time to pursue other interests / focus areas. Managing your time — making the most of it — is at the core of this book. As you’ll see in many cases you can be more athletically successful by doing half of the “work” you currently do.

Who are the New School Endurance Athletes?
The stay-at-home mother of two who balances shorter daily workouts with one to two longer sessions a week, enabling her to accomplish all the required lifestyle tasks without sapping her entirely of energy.

The CEO who balances “working lunch” sessions that are more cut-throat — and effective — than most boardroom negotiation sessions with extended training vacations.

The international aid worker who uses a collapseable bike, GPS, and a forgiving driver to plan training routes in the slopes of the Meskhetian Range in southwestern Georgia en route to prepare for the Boston Marathon and Ironman Coeur d’Alene.

The web worker who manages multiple clients and job roles, able to pack up and work “remotely” from the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, for a three week mini-camp.

These individuals measure success not by the hours:minutes:seconds on the finishing clock alone. Their ability to integrate training and living, and their success in both areas, represents the next evolution of the Endurance Lifestyle.

Are you ready to join them?

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