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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 …

Sons of Patagonia

In every race, you experience new highs, new lows and meet unique personalities of impeccable character.  In the coming weeks, I will profile some of those people from all over the globe. Once the race is done, everyone heads back to the host hotel to clean off 7 days of grime, lie down on a real bed and reflect on the adventure. In the evening, the race organization hosts an awards banquet to hand out recognition for the top individuals and teams. To get through these races you need an incredible amount of grit, camaraderie, and belief in yourself. The logistics that go into the week are incredible. Weather systems in Patagonia are highly unpredictable and we had at least two course change during the week.  The race brings volunteers and partners with local workers to make sure everything runs as smooth as possible. Every runner is up between 5-6am preparing for the start of each day.  We need hot water for our breakfast and often corral around the campfires in order to warm up. …

Sacrifice for the team

We are officially done the race and resting in Bariloche! What an incredible adventure! I can’t say enough about what a spectacular week the race organizers put on, the professionalism of the local camp team and the spirit of the volunteers and fellow competitors. When we started the week, what success looked like to us as a team was: 1) Start as a team, finish as a team 2) Finish in the top 3/5 teams 3) Finish in the top 1/3 of all competitors 4) Have many laughs along the way and enjoy the journey We delivered on all those goals and made memories to last a lifetime. We almost blew up as a team on day 2 and found a way to hold it together to finish out strong! We ran through hot climates, alpine forest, the Andes mountain range, national parks, private lands, saw the most incredible stars and finished at one of the most recognizable extinct volcanoes in the world, Tronador.  Spanish for Thunder, Tronador is located on the border between Argentina …

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 …

Push to your limit, then keep going.

Push to your limit, then keep going. The anxiety you are feeling is growth. I was fighting with the treadmill with this morning. An hour straight up a hill. Forced speed and incline will push my heart rate over 160-180. Then I ease off until it comes back to 150 beats per minute. Tough stuff. When I felt like quitting, I pushed a little further. 1 min, 2 min, 5 min. In the desert, it may be an hour or more. What you do in practice come out in life. When you hit that resistance today, keep going. Colin

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

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

If I die tomorrow

I listened to a great Podcast with Oprah and the Author of the Alchemist Paulo Coelho on a run home from work today.  Some people mentioned this is one of their favorite books of all time! Right after the story of Nike – Shoe Dog….it’s queued up next. I’m excited!   What I liked about the podcast?   His life story and view of the world.   “If I die tomorrow.   I spent more than half my life with the women I love.  How many people can say that? I did everything I wanted to do in life.  I have no regrets. I fought for my dream. I did not take no for an answer.   If I die tomorrow, it’s ok.”   Sounds like a life well lived.   What have you not had the courage to take the first step towards?   Now is the time.   Colin

Imagery Is Powerful

While we were on our honeymoon I was running out of space on my iPhone. I started scrolling through cleaning up old photos and screen shots (I use to save cool things I want to check out later) so I could create more space for new experiences.  I realized I hadn’t done any photo purging in three years! What value did the exercise provide? Reviewing and reliving old photos conjures up the best of those experiences  It percolates momentum for past ideas you wanted to act on and perhaps now is a better time It’s like looking back on pages and books of journaling, showing you everything you have accomplished  It identifies things you have moved on from Sometimes summer can be slow and a good time to reflect.  Review, relive, percolate, purge and move forward with gratitude.  Colin