I have been working for the better part of the last four months on my latest book on the concept of Endurance Lifestyle Design. It’s been a joy to put together, but a real challenge to get done given all of my other commitments. So I am taking my own advice and putting myself on the line.
I am going to post an excerpt from the book, each week, to my blog, until the schedule forces me to simply get it done. Along the way I think your input and feedback will be really useful in creating a great finished product, so please don’t hold back — use the comments section liberally, I am listening!
Thanks and have a great holiday season! Here’s an excerpt from the Introduction…
This, I remember thinking, is pretty freaking cool.
Bobbing in the waters just of Kailua-Kona, I am treading water next to 1500 of the fittest endurance athletes on the planet. I was supposed to be one of these elites, having qualified to get here, but that still hadn’t gotten through my skull. After several days of being in a dream—my dream—I was about to start the Ironman World Championships. A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run, all under the watchful eye of the island goddess Pele.
“Are you ready?” A fellow athlete was making small talk as the announcer pumps up the crowd. She has the biggest smile I have ever seen and from her body markings I can see that she’s 59. “Don’t look at your watch; they always start a few minutes early,” she says in the gracious tone of a veteran triathlete, as she floats off to find a little more room.
“I think I am. Thanks for the tip…have a great day!”
Just like that little train engine, even moments before the start of the biggest race of my life, I was still trying to do some internal pep talk to get my feet back on the ground. With 140.6 miles ahead of me, I was going to need them.
I adjusted my goggles for the umpteenth time and scanned the thousands of folks lining the shore to see if I could spot my wife. Spinning around to face the Body Glove catamaran and the full 1.2 mile line of buoys that stretched out into the ocean, I took a few deep breaths.
Beautiful Day by U2 came on the loudspeakers, and that could only mean one thing…BOOM!!!
It was as though the cannon kicked started the world around me: fans screaming, athletes swimming, and helicopters swooping overhead. I put my face into the water to start swimming, began counting my strokes and watched the beautiful coral stretched out on the sea floor below me…It was going to be a great day.
The story behind that story, of course, is significantly less glamourous. Lots of hard work, mistakes, miscues…all the things I aim to help you avoid in your personal quest for endurance excellence.
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