Unlearning

OK I got this…left-handed parallel parking on a steep cobble-stone hill in a rental car with a manual stick shift in busy downtown Edinburgh. I squeezed the SUV in with inches to spare, jumped out in the street to celebrate only to see the “Residents Only” parking sign. Heavy sigh. This was my first attempt…

A guy like me

Why did I pay money for the opportunity to put my mind and body through an exhausting challenge like the Ironman 70.3? It was an extremely difficult combination of swimming, riding and running through the beautiful rolling hills of Napa Valley. I was able to finish in just over 7 hours. Why did I do…

Sink or swim

Swimming in a lake is completely different than a pool. 70 laps in the pool was no walk in the park, but at least I could see the bottom, stand if I wanted or take a brief rest when I got to each side. And the 5 foot deep, still water was fairly easy to…

The Seven Wonders

I wonder if today will be a good day. I wonder if my family is healthy and happy. I wonder if I’ll achieve my next big goal. I wonder if I’m using my talents to the best of my ability. I wonder if I’m doing enough to serve others. I wonder if the world is getting…

Perfectly fine

No one is perfect, which is perfectly obvious to me. Yet I believe there’s nothing wrong with the pursuit of perfection. The problem comes when you buy into someone else’s notion of perfect, setting up an unachievable standard that’s out of your control. Choose what perfect means for you, and compare against your last performance,…

Remove the question

Do you ever question what you are really capable of? I do it a lot. I confidently tell the world about new challenges I am doing, but secretly in my mind I’m asking myself “Can I actually do that?” Up until today, I didn’t know if I could complete an IronMan 70.3 Triathlon, and now I…