The Monthly Dose #3

By June 27, 2016The Monthly Dose
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Hi All!

Here is the very best of what I have been trying, implementing and discovering this month.

As ever, hope you enjoy and are keeping well.

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Ironman 70.3 Kona 

Kona was an exciting adventure. Truly one which I won’t forget in a long time.

2 hours after the race finished - outside Fairmont Orchid. Kona, Hawaii.

2 hours after the race finished – outside Fairmont Orchid. Kona, Hawaii.

It was exciting to be surrounded by so many dedicated and  focused athletes. If felt very much like my first ever golf competition. In awe with all the experience and trying to soak in as much as possible. As everything is new for the first time. Throughout the whole week, I started to realize the transferable skills which golf taught me.

  • Not paying attention or getting intimated by the competition.
  • Focusing on what one can control and the test at hand. Opposed to what could have done or what is about to come ahead.

In the next few weeks, I will post an in-depth post about what worked at Kona, and more importantly what did not. Which included booking flights to the wrong island. Forgetting race shoes the morning of the race  and leaving the medal in some strangers car. It was an adventurous  journey, which was made by having a great friend there to support me the whole week.

My next event will be competing in my first full Iron Man in Napa Valley, July 30th.

Mike Rowe Podcast 

Mike Rowe is an American television host and narrator, actor and former opera singer, best known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs and as the main presenter of Somebody’s Gotta Do It on CNN. If you want to listen to a fascinating storyteller, Mike Rowe has a voice you could listen to all day. He was also worked on QVC on the shopping channel. If you want some instant entertainment. Check out Mike Rowe on QVC – Mike vs. Doll and Mike Rowe on QVC – Katsak.

His new podcast “The Way I heard” It  features stories of famous people’s lives. If I could recommend two which I think everyone would find somewhat fascinating, check out: Episode 2: He had it all & Episode 15: Sorry Wrong Number

Quotes I am pondering on 

“Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant. Being selective – doing less – is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest”

“Not to decide is to decide” Harvey Cox

“One way to not have any critics, is to just not do anything new or interesting” Jeff Bezos 

Nutrition: “All great Marketers (Are Liars) Tell Stories.” Seth Godin. 

Having spent just over 12 months on my own nutrition start-up. Which failed, because I was not happy with the end product significantly adding value to people’s health. There is a lot to take in consideration when picking a healthy snack on the go.

Consumer goods is a repeat business model. So it is out of the manufacturers intention to make you buy again and again. In this case using a lot of ingredients that your brain prefers opposed that your body. When choosing what to eat. Ask yourself: Is this feeding my brain? Or is this feeding my body? 

Junk food feeds the brain. Nutrition feeds the body. Sadly, the industry is built for you to buy again and again. However if looking for a great bar and healthy snack, here are my top four which would pass the family test (Would you be ok with you mom/ dad eating this)

  1. Bullet Proof Bar (Paleo Bar)
  2. The Bar (Vegan Bar)
  3. RX Bar (Breakfast Bar)
  4. The Pro Bar (Long Distant Training Energy Bar)
RX Bar

RX Bar

Victory Moments 

Appreciating that fear is real is the first step to overcoming it. The next step is taking action of that fear. Procrastinating or putting off what you fear only feeds it.  Or as David Schwartz puts it. “Action cures fear”

For the last several weeks I have been outdoor swimming in San Fransisco bay at the Dolphin Club. Throughout the course of the year, we may have these “victory moments.” Moments which stay with you for a very long time. Jumping in the Pacific every Wednesday evening, looking out as the sun kisses Alcatraz in the distance. Has been  everything a “victory moment” could be.

What can one do to increase these memorable “victory moments” which happen so rarely over the course of a year?

The answer maybe: Doing what we fear the most or have put off for the longest time.

Dolphin Club - San Francisco

Dolphin Club – San Francisco

One thing you have to go and see 

In 1982, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos, eleven, asked Eric Zala, twelve, a question: “Would you like to help me do a remake Raiders of the Lost Ark?  I’m playing Indiana Jones.”

And they did it.Every shot, every line of dialogue, every stunt. They borrowed and collected costumes, convinced neighborhood kids to wear grass skirts and play natives, cast a fifteen-year-old as Indys love interest, rounded up seven thousand snakes (sort of), built the Ark, the Idol, the huge boulder, found a desert in Mississippi, and melted the bad guys faces off.

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P.S – In case you have missed the previous two posts, on the peculiar findings and discoveries.  You can find or revisit them here.

“The Monthly Dose #1”

“The Monthly Dose #2”

P.P.S –  Related post: Running Your First Half Marathon. 

As ever, Kia Kaha,

Chris