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The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed (Readers Digest, 2013)

I have just started reading The Way of the Seal by Mark Divine. I came across Mark Divine when he was interviewed by Oren Klaff in his video program called The Triggerman. You can check out the video using this link. I will post a comment after reading the book to let you know what I learned from it. If you have read the book, please share your thoughts in the comments as well.

Cycling: 33% Increase in 38 Days

In case you’re new to cycling, measuring power is the best indicator of your ability to push the pedals over long periods of time. The common practice is to do a 20 minute (or 2×20) test as fast as you can go in order to determine your Functional Threshold Power (FTP). This number is used to determine the levels of output in future workouts. NP is your normalized power across the test interval. I am currently using TrainerRoad to measure my power output without having a power meter (expensive piece of equipment). Okay, so enough of the cycle training 101.

2012-02-25 FTP Test

Bald Eagles in the Pacific Northwest

Seeing a bald eagle is similar to seeing a whale out in open water. It’s so much more exciting than seeing them in captivity. In the Pacific Northwest, we have eagles that get up to 6-8′ wingspans. A few months ago a family of 5 bald eagles started hanging out near our home. They’re tough to catch on camera since they fly fast and like to soar around when it’s windy. I managed to get this one a few weeks ago and will add more later.

A Taste of Power with TrainerRoad

Last night was my first workout using TrainerRoad. This is a bad ass training tool that I wish I had a year ago when I was training for my first Ironman. This tool is a no-brainer for me since I’m the only member of of my triathlon team that isn’t using a power meter.

2012-01-18 FTP Test - photo only

After spending a ton of money last year on my quest to become an Ironman, I had to draw the line at race wheels and power meters. Enter TrainerRoad. This tool allows training with power without having a power meter. By specifying the type of trainer I’m using and using my Garmin +ANT USB stick on a laptop and Garmin speed/cadence sensor on the bike, TrainerRoad is able to determine my power numbers during a workout.

Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens

After completing the Ironman in Coeur d’Alene (IMCDA) on 6/26/11 (see race report) and having to walk the marathon due to stabbing knees, I decided to use my fitness and see if the half-Ironman distance would be a better distance for me. Plus, there just happened to be a local half-Ironman at Lake Stevens, WA, which is about 1 hour and 45 minute drive from my house on 8/14/11, which gave me plenty of time to recover from the full Ironman.

Zero to Ironman in 6 Months

On June 26th, 2011, I became an Ironman. This came after making the decision to take on this challenge only 6 months earlier. To set some context, this was my first Ironman and first triathlon, I have not swam, biked, or run more than a mile in about 20 years. I used to be in top shape from 17 years of hockey but for the past 20 years I have been working primarily in front of a computer so I was feeling like a slug.

In mid-December, I decided it was time to set a BIG goal that would give me the motivation to really get back in shape. The Ironman seemed like a worthy goal so I checked ironman.com and the Ironman in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho was the closest one. The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run (full marathon) and you have 17 hours to complete it. The only challenge was that I only gave myself 6 months to train.

Who’s in Charge Here?

A common theme I have experienced in large companies is that there is either a lack of clarify in who makes the decisions, too many decision-makers, or one decision-maker holding up progress by trying to make every decision in their organization. While the last scenario has a clear understanding of who is in charge, the organization is handicapped. Let’s look at each scenario in more detail: