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Keep Moving Forward. Stay in #SharkMode | 1BandID May 21 2015

#sharkmode on 1BandID ID for Runners
I find sharks are insanely fascinating. Apparently, everyone else does these days. Sharks have their own show: Shark Tank. Their own movies: the good, Jaws and the awesomely bad, Sharkado 1, 2, and 3. Their whole week: Shark Week. The list goes on. Like the world-famous face of Hansell, Sharks are so hot right now! 

One of the most important shark facts is that they have to keep moving forward to stay alive. Think about that. Think about how important it is to keep moving forward. For a shark it literally means life or death.

And, I can’t think of better advice for a new or veteran, old or young runner, triathlete, cyclist, crossfitter, or any athlete. Hell, anyone for that matter. Go #SharkMode. Keep going forward.

For you and me, it might not mean the difference between living or dying. But it might make the difference of our dream or goal living or dying. Whatever that dream is…to start a couch to 5k plan, run a marathon, or finish an Ironman. It's a mentality that you have to adopt and it can be the difference between being a better swimmer, a faster runner, or getting stronger in order to make that final push to the finish line.

For sharks, it’s about life or death. It should almost feel that same way for us. That we need to keep learning, keep improving, keep persevering. To keep moving forward to stay alive. To feel alive. Go backward and it’s over. 

Let’s never lose sight of our goals. Like a shark uses all of its sense to locate food, let’s focus everything on achieving them. We have to be able to taste the success. Like blood in the water. We have to be able to taste our next training session. Our next PR. Our next sale. Our next success. No matter how small it may be. 

It can start as a feeling. With the right motivation, it becomes an instinct. A habit. Make that forward movement be your oxygen. Think hard about it every day. Let’s remind ourselves why it’s important. Whether we’re doing it for ourselves or to motivate and inspire others. Let's get with our coaches for one-one-one training sessions to identify weaknesses. Let's finally dial in the right nutrition. Let's do an extra track workout, a new drill in the pool. Always learning, always moving forward is critical to our journey.

And don’t pay attention to the lampreys (aka haters), hanging on and trying to suck the life out of you. Let's keep moving forward. It doesn’t have to be at top speed. We can move slow. Evaluating. Learning. Progressing. Even the proper sleep and recovery is movement in the right direction.

Age? Age doesn’t matter. No excuses! No matter how old you are. Don’t let yourself get stuck. Don’t let yourself stop. And never under any circumstances go backwards. There are so many opportunities. There are so many tools. There’s access to information. There’s access to experts that have done it before. You just have to keep moving forward while you can, because you never know.
shark open jaws

There’s a confidence that comes with being a shark too. Not too many living things get in a shark’s way, especially at feeding time. That mentality brings confidence. And with confidence comes freedom. The shark doesn’t care who or what is in its way. The shark knows that it can’t go backward. It’s not an option. And it shouldn’t be an option for us on the road to achieving our dreams or goals.

So, put your body in beast mode when you have to, but always keep moving forward. Always keep your mind in shark mode. Who’s with me?

JoeV



Reset Button April 20 2015

(Originally posted Dec. 2014)

Let’s face it; we all have a ton on our minds. I’m a dad, husband, entrepreneur, employee, athlete, etc. It’s a lot to manage in 7/24. I could certainly use an extra catch-up day. Keeping all of the gears moving means the various engines that drive me toward my goals need maintenance every now and then. 

Just the other day, we were on a family hike with some friends. Having been traveling all week, one of our friends said that a hike like this is a great reset button. It seemed right. Out there in the woods, you’re isolated from the noise of the outside world. It was a great reset button for the mind - like meditation with a little movement.
 
It got me thinking about some other reset buttons. As an athlete, isn’t it great to dial up a no-stress, confidence-building training session that you know you can crush - a long easy ‘naked’ run or ride or an all-out lace ‘em up and let ‘er rip track session, a WOD with movements and weights you know you can move well and probably PR.
 
As an entrepreneur, maybe it’s a soul-baring blog post, cutting out early with your team to get to know each other beyond the org chart, or looking back to early product versions or prototype sketches to get back to basics on why you got started doing what you’re doing.
 
Most importantly, get rid of all the noise around the family. Go for that hike away from it all. Take your significant other out to a quiet dinner (and don’t talk about the to do list). Do whatever your three year old wants to do. Seeing what’s important to your kid, what makes him or her laugh along with some intense pretending that only a child can dream up will do wonders for you and put everything in perspective. It does for me.
 
These reset buttons help build confidence, recharge your momentum and help you get back to what’s important. I feel like I’m hitting a reset button with 1BandID. A part of it is putting thoughts down on this blog. A bigger part of it is just remembering that I started 1BandID to help simplify ID (and hopefully provide a little confidence and motivation) for busy athletes who have a ton on their mind on a training or race day. That’s the core. That’s what I want to remember and share every day.
 
What’s your reset button? Tell me on Twitter: @1BandID or Facebook: facebook.com/1BandID


So What Are You Going To Do About It April 20 2015

(Originally posted Nov. 2014)

So what are you going to do about it? Nine words one might hear on many an elementary school playground. Unfortunately, the person saying them doesn’t always have the best intentions in mind. They might even involve handing over lunch money. Or you might hear them in a tough guy action movie. Usually when you hear them, you can expect a serious beatdown hopefully by the hero. Yes, they can definitely be used for good or evil.

There is a way we can use those words for good to help motivate ourselves to make the right decision and prioritize what’s really important. It usually starts as a question or a challenge.

  • I want to run a marathon, a 10k a 5K a triathlon, an Ironman…so what are you going to do about it?
  • I want to be faster...so what are you going to do about it?
  • I want to do something I love...so what are you going to do about it?
  • I want to lose some weight...so what are you going to do about it?

So what are you going to do about it? The answer could mean a major life changing event or something as simple as shutting off the TV, going to bed earlier and getting up early to hit the gym. Sometimes the answer is nothing at all or you will find that it’s something that can be put off for something more important.

The point is that those words can help you gain control; help you prioritize what’s important; help guide planning and execution; and help make you accountable for things you want to change either in your life or maybe someone else’s.

I have used those words often, probably every day, every hour. Every time I face something challenging, I use them to help guide me. I used them a lot, and still do when I think about what I want to accomplish with 1BandID and they help keep me accountable to my customers and my vision for the company.

I use those words in my training. Recently, I watched my cousin cross the finish line at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. I immediately started thinking about racing more. I've been primarily doing CrossFit for the past two years, and it has transformed my body. I know I'm in better shape now than ever in my life. With that fitness, I realize how much I miss the energy and excitement that comes with a race. I also miss the focus and structure of training, not to mention how it makes me feel mentally and physically.

I want to continue to improve at CrossFit, a sport I’m very passionate about. And I want to transfer my strength, speed and mental toughness to triathlon. I want to complete an Ironman someday, hopefully more than one (maybe after the boys get a little older). Triathlon and CrossFit give me the opportunity to compete and prove something to myself. There is so much to learn and so much to do in my training so I'll use those words to help guide me in determining where to start, what to do next and what I want to ultimately achieve.

That's what I'm going to do about it.