All posts filed under: Adventure

How strong is your WHY?

I do these races to better myself, to acquire new skills, life lessons and test my metal in the toughest of elements. In addition, the shared sense of purpose you encounter with like-minded individuals create an experience that is hard to replicate.   This year as I wrote on Monday, I entered as a team. I now start these races knowing what it takes to finish and am prepared to handle the majority of obstacles that stand in between me and the finish line.  The team element is a new level of difficulty and risk/reward that increases the learning I bring home. Like mentors before me, I enjoy sharing these experiences and paying forward to those who are interested.   Who are some of the characters you meet and why are they there? Three entrepreneurs who ran together 14 years ago in the eco-challenge and are using this as a forum to bond a relationship as they start a new business venture A former top runner and world-class photographer from Korea.  He was there for the …

Characteristics of a 3 time championship team

I was talking to a mentor of mine last week who is the CEO of a local company in Toronto and a top-notch Athlete. He is actually not (self-described) a very good runner, however, he makes up for it in pure athletic ability, strategy, and competitiveness.   I asked him advice for the upcoming race I am doing in Patagonia in November as I will be running for the first time as a team.   He said “you need to discuss your game plan ahead of time. Start with the objective for the team.  Is it to win or compete?  Think about the obstacles you are going to encounter and the spots where emotion will come into play and have a game plan for how to handle those conversations.   If someone is slow, gets sick or injured, know how they react to distress and discuss the best way to handle them.  Two, have your plan B, C, D already talked through when level-headed.  Emotions can make things difficult.   Understand how each person is …

4 Intentions for Growth

I faced some headwind this weekend. Whether the number of training hours catching up with me or a just an off weekend, I hit some obstacles. Sunday Example. 5-hour hike/run Challenges: – Body/mind tired from Saturday 4 hour training – Backpack weight was too heavy to start and couldn’t dump my water weight – My directions were not detailed enough. I was trying to mimic a North Face race course These type of things happen in every race. So instead of stewing on it with negative statements, I asked myself a better question. What’s the upside? – Adaptability is key to finishing these races – Better to make mistakes in practice so you can fix for race day – I’ve got lost on course before. Patience and calm in the storm help you dig out. It was an opportunity to reset and reframe. Now if I step back and look at some overall intentions of a tough training weekend they were: To get set hours and mileage in To problem solve, overcome obstacles and mentally …

5 Ways to Handle A Daunting Road Ahead

Many of us climb the hill every week.   Tough conversations with employees, bosses, customers, and peers.   Tight deadlines on projects, deals, and customer events.   Not to mention personal and family challenges.  How are some of the best leaders seemingly immune to stress?   Most of them are not. They have more practice and a template to handle it!   What do top leaders share with me?   1. Expect it and have a plan.  Visualize your way over and through.   2. Know when to recharge and restore so you can hit it hard the next day.   3. Look back and review what was once hard and how you overcame it?  The past provides clues.   4. Like military men and women making their bunk first thing every morning, get your day started off with even the smallest success.   5. Start the day well and end the day well. End the day with a win to ride the momentum into the next morning. This can be as simple as asking ‘what you are …

Push, Push, Push!

Many years ago I volunteered in a race and was fortunate to see the top three finishers come in. Usually, we are far behind and only see them separate from you at the beginning. I asked one of my friends who came in 2nd place that day how he felt at the end of the stage. “Utterly destroyed,” he said. He put his feet up on the tent wall (to reduce swelling), and took in deep breaths as the pain subsided over the next 30 minutes. Sound familiar? We are all pushing against our own limits to a high degree of difficulty if you give it your best shot. This weekend we had a great little group from Salesforce running the Brooklyn Rock & Roll half marathon. Everyone trained really hard, pushed through the pain, grinding up the hills and to the finish line. Each person had a goal in mind, focused on it and beat it by at least 1-2 minutes. It was a high level of effort needed in order makes the goal. …

What does world class mastery take?

Planet Earth and Planet Earth 2 have been some of the most captivating documentaries ever produced. They are made once a decade! What does it take to get pictures like this or the video we have seen? One story I heard from our guide in Africa was that it took one videographer 8 weeks to get enough film to produce a very short clip. It took five weeks to get the trust of the chief to get let onto sacred land. It took three weeks sitting in dirt and dung in order to find the rare bird that would get 17 seconds on air. What does world class mastery look like for you? Have a great hump day. Colin

Are you in the Arena?

I was out for a long run this weekend. Four hours! In the trails. Tough terrain. In the weekdays I have been in the gym strength training, running incline and spinning and running on flat roads. It’s not till you run over sharp rocks, climb up steep hills and need to balance yourself on narrow paths use all six senses. Like role playing for customer conversations, and practicing, all capabilities are not in use until you are talking to a living and breathing person. Practice is good and important…and you need to get in the arena, fighting the wind, rain and other elements every week. Colin

San Francisco Treats

This week I worked out of our San Fran office. My wife had some business out here as well and so we had a rare opportunity to work travel together, which is definitely a fun bonus to a work trip. Blake hasn’t spent much time in San Fran, so we spent Tuesday evening doing some cool touristy stuff: taking the ferry across the bay, riding a streetcar. It’s so easy to overlook the wonders of your own city and then it takes a visitor coming into town to make you appreciate all the splendor just at your fingertips! My challenge to you this weekend is to explore the wonder of your home city. Do that touristy thing you’ve said you’ve always wanted to do but put off for another day. Reconnect with what made you love your hometown in the first place.  Colin

Leveraging Adversity

I was back in the home country and in the Rocky Mountains last week! While on a hike I headed up a steep incline in the slippery snow. It took me back to one of my adventures in Iceland in 2013. Trudging through pouring rain and 60 mph winds as we climbed uphill! I developed a few more gears in adversity on that trip! Once you gain those gears (imagine if you had instead of five, a sixth and seventh in your car – for those who drive a standard!) they don’t go away and are there when you need them, even if lying dormant for a little while.  Take the opportunity to put yourself in controlled and challenging situations to develop those levels. Colin