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I Sprained My Ankle

Less than four weeks out from starting my 6th Adventure race in Antarctica and training was right on pace! That was until I stepped into a pothole last week! I was on my way to the gym, stepped in a pothole and rolled my ankle. Instant shooting pain! I felt it, and I could see the wince in the womans face on the street beside me. Sympathetic and feeling sorry for me all in one look! I leaned against a lamppost surveying the internal damage as eight months of Antarctica training flashed before my eyes. Was I done? Could I recover? After a good 30 seconds of getting over the shock I knew I was done for the night. Time to limp home and lick my wounds. First thing to do, call the expert. My good friend Janette! An amazing athletic therapist in Toronto to the rescue! What was the challenge I was dealing with? Within two hours I had the answer. A good sprain. Pit in my stomach. On the other hand, we had …

Guest Post…Comeback Kid!

Guest post! Thank you Laura Holmes on our very own enablement team for your awesome contribution! As a pitcher at Stanford in my junior year, I was having a very successful season. I had worked my way up in the rotation that year to the number 1 spot. Going into our last tournament before Pac-10 play, I had a 9-1 record with more than 30 games to play… it was setting up to be a stand out year for me. My first two seasons were fantastic from an experience stand point, serving as our number 2 under our All-American and Stanford Hall of Famer, Dana Sorensen. We went to the World Series in my sophomore year and I earned the team’s “Most Inspirational Player Award”. I refocused that summer, got in even better shape and was ready to take on the blue chip Freshman recruits that fall… As the season began, 9-1 was a great start… but then, I got injured. To this day, I think about what could have been if it hadn’t been …

Two Lessons On The Way To The Start Line

Greetings from Ushuaia! On my 2nd adventure to the Gobi Desert in Western China, just getting there was a roller coaster adventure. From attaining and presenting all the proper country visa forms, to navigating airport obstacles in the middle of China where no English was spoken. To negotiating baggage payment (while they hold your passport) to figuring out what local delicacy in Kashgar, China may or may not upset your stomach prior to the start of the race, it had it all. On the 24 hours from JFK through Buenos Aires to Bariloche to El Calafate to Ushuaia, my bags and I arrived in one piece. It’s crucial to keep your running gear with you on the flight. Losing a bag can cause major challenges in being able to start the race. I’ve already negotiated bag limits and weights in two cities, helped load my bags off and onto the right cart to the proper flight and successfully reduced some risks. Never forget the lessons you learned overcoming past obstacles! The journey is the reward. …

At Sea…On Way To Antarctica!

We set sell from Ushuaia after dinner on Friday night, next stop the Shetland Islands North of Antarctica. We put our sea sickness patch on, in anticipation of a potential rough ride through the Drake Passage. It’s the most violent sea crossing in the world. Guidance says you will either get the “Drake Lake” and a smooth ride or “The Drake Shake” and a very rough ride. So far we have been very lucky and it’s been smooth, minus some pitching side to side from 1-4am. I got an ok sleep, but trying to get comfortable as you rock back and forth in your buck, makes it difficult for a consistent sleep. The meals have been good so far, having tested out dinner, breakfast and lunch. It will be welcome to fuel us and revive us each day. We had to education talks from the ships Polar and Marine experts today. Lynne (originally from Australia) walked us through the history and lessons of Antarctica. She showed us how mammals and plants hibernate and migrate to …

The Final Lap

Well it was more than one, it was five. 2KM laps around an incredible lake that looked upon an Everest like mountain range with the other side flowing into Half Moon Bay Antarctica. Sometimes you get a flat track where you can plod along and contemplate the week, other times you get crusty snow that as the micro climate changes every 15 mins goes from breaking through 1.5-foot-deep snow to trudging through slush. Everyone is pretty banged up. Most hobble along, some find second winds of inspiration to finish out the epic adventure in the final three hours before the finish line. For me after 175Km over the week it was mostly a hobble. If I could highlight the week it would be “absolute stunning views, stillness and harsh landscape” all wrapped in one. We were very fortunate with the weather, with only one day shortened due to inclement weather. I am always in a reflective mood going through the last day. Sometimes it’s about the friendships you have made, the hardships you have encountered …

Purge

If you could only use what you could fit in your back pack, for one week, what would you take, what would you leave behind? I had to make that choice on the evening before I left into the desert in October in Chile.  I was running a seven day adventure race. We have many mandatory items and a few choices on food and clothing. The trick is to take everything you need, and be as light as possible. Carrying extra weight through the desert can make things difficult. In fact, it contributed to significantly wearing me down in my first two races. As I was doing a fall cleaning this weekend, I was reminded how life follows you into the desert. I like to get as much use as possible out of things I buy, maybe I keep them a little too long. Keeping “extra” things in the desert  can clutter your chances of success. Holding on to the comforts of home, can short change getting back to nature and weigh you down. When …

Repetitive Motion

We went to Benihana tonight for dinner. The chef has done the same meal I am sure 1000 times over. However, he made it fun for us our first time. Even though every time could be the same, the combination of people in front of him are completely different. I’m sure there are chefs that think they are doing it over and over again, however the innovative ones, the ones who last, have the ability to find something new and unique every time! How can you redo a first impression today? Colin

Frozen Eggs

I woke up one morning this week while on the road.  I finished my meditation and headed down to the gym, got on the bike for a quick sweat and back up to the room for a shower, quick bite, pack and leave for the airport.  I had ordered an omlette the day before and it was huge.  So, I ate half, and put the other half in the fridge.  I had one brought up (the one in the room didn’t work) to keep my liquid probiotics cool.  Part of my travel routine. The attendant plugged it in and asked me how cold I wanted it.  I said medium.  I expected it to be cool.  When I went to grab the eggs out of the fridge the next morning, I noticed a really cold feeling sweep across my hand.   It was really cold!  The eggs were…frozen!  What?? How frozen?  Rock solid!  So, I put them on the table and thought maybe they would “thaw” while I packed up and showered. No chance.  So, for a …

Who Packed Your Socks?

What does onboarding employees have to do with packing socks? My wife was gracious enough to help me pack for my recent trip to Toronto.  I had some good prep to get done, wanted to get a work out in Sunday morning and get some quality time in with her before I left. It was really helpful to “refill” my duffel suitcase while I got other things done.  She is a much better packer than me and having less wrinkles in pants and shirts when I arrive is always appreciated. She asked me a couple questions on what I wanted included, certain shoes and shirts for workouts, pants and shoes for work. I am sure you, like me have favorite things you like to have with you.  For me, its thicker socks that are soft and more comfortable, 2-3 lulu lemon shirts that are good for wearing under sweaters. As I unpacked my bag and searched through the bag for the shirts and socks as I put things away I was surprised I could not find …

Conscious Balance

Many people have asked me how I keep balance in my life.  Its a never ending journey.  However, I had this discussion with my coach recently and we talked through what balance really means. Commitment What are you committed too? What are you not committed too? When you can be really clear on you are 100% committed to, and not, making choices get easier? If it’s a partner, kids, work, a healthy lifestyle, you need to be all in. That being said, if work is the only thing you are ALL in for, balance is likely suffering. This past quarter for me, early February….was getting married. Shutting everything else out. The rest of the month was heavy on the work, with a side of healthy living. As we moved into March, healthy living took centre stage and spending time with my wife. April was back on the road, delivering programs and onboarding new team members. May is healthy living – physio, meditation, workouts – reviewing what was done well in Q1, adjusting the plan for …