A former business partner would tell me this all the time when we were setting up a financial planning practice. Any time I would get sidetracked with fun little projects to add “value” to the business he would bring me back down to Earth with “Remember James, the main thing, is to keep the main thing the main thing!”
He was right. When you set a goal you should evaluate what steps you’re taking to reach that goal. If something that you’re doing is fun, productive, and creative or whatever, yet is taking your attention away from the “main thing” (your goal) then, perhaps you shouldn’t be doing it, or at least limit the amount of energy you expend on it.
When preparing for my first triathlon I got very distracted by all the gadgets and fun gear that comes along with the world of
triathlon. I completed V02 max testing, underwater swim stroke analysis and nutritional coaching. Near bankruptcy, I purchased the Computrainer, Garmin 910xt GPS watch, the Transition Specialized Tri bike, clip-less pedals with Specialized Tri-vent bike shoes, Zoot slip-on running shoes, a Kiwami one-piece tri-kit, Xterra full body wetsuit, Catseye odometer and cadence counter, Zipp race wheels, compression socks, and more spandex related clothing than any man should own. I tried different workouts from Beginner Triathlete, Joe Friels Triathlon Bible, Evolution Running, and practiced 3 different swimming strokes from 5 different sources. I spent so much time learning about triathlon, researching products to do a triathlon that I lost focus on what it takes to finish a triathlon.
Everyone that knows me is pretty much aware of the fact I tend to go a little crazy with hobbies and interest. It is just part of my personality. I even take weight loss to extremes and this past week I might have taken my race plans too far.
Like a lot of people, my first experience with triathlon was on TV and the coverage of the Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii. No surprise that it would be a dream to race there, but the qualifying bit sounds a bit hard and the lottery probably harder (with my luck). So it really got me thinking when Ironman announced the Kona Inspired contest
. 8 people will be chosen to race in Kona this year based on their story and how they exemplify the Anything is Possible mantra.I entered. It is a little crazy and possibly a long shot, but I definitely personify the Anything is Possible mantra and
have the history to prove it. If you you'd like to see my Kona Inspired Entry you can click here
. I won't mind at all if you vote for me too, that would actually be pretty swell. This morning I did a little follow up video, which I hope to do fairly often to document my season and training where I talk a little bit about the Kona Inspired entry, Denver Triathlon, and Hurting.
If you didn't click the links above
already I'll just tell you -
Over the last few years I've lost almost 200 pounds. I am nearly half the size I was just a few years ago. My first triathlon seemed like a nearly impossible long shot of a dream when I decided I wanted to do one. At the time I had no idea how addicted to the sport I would become, but now it has helped take my weight, health, and fitness goals to entirely new heights.
I am very passionate about health, and now more than ever weight loss. Obesity is a big problem - 2/3rds of all adults are over weight and it is the second leading cause of death in the US. We are essentially digging our own graves with a fork. For the majority of the overweight and morbidly obese people the idea of getting to a healthy weight seems impossible, just as impossible as the first sprint tri, and effeminately just as impossible as completing the Kona Ironman.
Obviously, I'm of the opinion that it is entirely possible, and I could go on and on about how it is not only possible but how one can do it. In fact I've already wrote a book on the subject.
(It's free and available on line). An Ironman race is in my sights, but it would be a a great season to start off with the Denver Triathlon right here in Denver June 10th and finish in Kona Hawaii at the Ironman world championships in October.
Ah, bicycling, my favorite part of any triathlon. As stated in an earlier post, I train for this segment mainly by biking to work. Lately I have been trying to increase mileage to gear up for olympic distances this season. A fellow brand ambassador Meg joined me for a Sunday ride up to Golden from Confluence Park, on my way to teach a swim lesson. Since I don't know the paths around town too well, I followed her with little knowlege that the route would be 10 miles in addition to the one I rode the week before. 50 miles is complete overkill, loads more than the 16 mile round trip I could do to my job in Lakewood, or when I worked in Southglenn last summer. Thanks a bunch, Meg... Do it again next week?
Since the beginnings of bicycle ownership, I have made it a point to commute via bike, leading to a slew of experiences to be told from a nomadic jill-of-all-trades.