Tag: comfort zone

I Can’t Believe I’m Committing to This…

I was doing an easy run while on vacation down in Nagoya last week when suddenly, it dawned on me. (Side note - for me, there’s no such thing as an “easy” run, no matter how short or slow it is because I absolutely suck at running) Anyhow, I realized that I've been drifting these past few weeks. [...]

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It’s Not About the Weights

It’s always interesting when people tell me what I think. “All you’re about is having big muscles and showing off” “As far as you're concerned, if it's not weight training, it sucks” “You think everyone should be all ‘bulked up’” I even had a totally cool and (I'm almost too embarrassed to use the word) spiritual person tell [...]

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2 Minutes to Awesomeness

Yep, you read that right, 2 minutes to awesomeness - not 20 minutes, not 2 hours. Two minutes. Now this isn't one of those fat-blast workouts where you take yourself to the edge of sanity and collapse on the ground in a sweaty mess. Unfortunately, things like that seldom deliver measurable results out in the real world. No, [...]

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How To Eliminate All Failure And Make Yourself Unstoppable

Imagine that you're launching a new soft drink and you really want people to take you seriously. So, in a blaze of publicity, you drive a tank through Times Square to make your statement. We're gunning for you, Pepsi and Coca-Cola But just three years later, you pull the plug - after all, you've achieved a paltry 0.5% [...]

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5 Old Folks That Still Kick A**

OK, you’ve seen The Sound of Music, so you know that nuns can sing, dance and play the guitar. But competing in a triathlon? No way! Well, chances are you haven't heard of Sister Madonna Buder, aka the Iron Nun. Now, Sister Madonna (quote - “I train religiously”) wasn’t some genetically-blessed high-school athlete who simply kept [...]

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Running My First Half Marathon At 45 – Am I Crazy?

October 11th, 10 a.m. and I'm on the start line with over 700 Japanese folks and one other foreigner. (Steve, it was great to meet you - good luck running a charity half marathon every week for two months!) Thunder and lightning filled the sky overhead. Thirteen miles (21 kilometers) of wet asphalt to the finish line. My [...]

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In at the Deep End – Am I Crazy?

So there I was, standing almost naked in front of maybe a hundred people I didn't know. The only foreigner taking part in a small town Japan swimming competition. Crazy thoughts rushed through my mind. Would I hit my head on the bottom? (the “deep” end was a hair under 4 feet) What if my [...]

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The Iron & The Soul – Henry Rollins

This hard-hitting piece by Henry Rollins was published in Details Magazine way back in 1994. I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. Completely. When I was young I had no sense of myself. All I was, was a [...]

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Smash Your Comfort Zone

Bruce Springsteen has been performing for more than 50 years and has sold more than 120 million records worldwide. So, chances are he’s probably pretty chilled out before he heads on stage, right? Wrong! The Boss gets the willies every single time. Gerry Lopez was already a big-wave surfing legend when he tackled the notorious [...]

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