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#whatareyouattachedto December 15 2017 1 Comment

I spend a lot of time thinking about 1BandID's purpose. To me, it’s the idea of being attached.

Think about the things you can’t live without every day. You would say that you are attached to them, wouldn’t you? Chances are, if you are reading this you know exactly what I’m talking about. You’re attached to something. Many things. Not necessarily material things (I’m open to arguments about bikes here, ha!). You may not have thought about it that way. But, if you’re a driven person? A caring parent or friend? An athlete? An entrepreneur? Think about the things that you absolutely cannot be without? The people closest to you. Running. Your bike (like I said, this attachment is real). Competing. Making yourself better. Crossing the finish line. Getting to the starting line. Hitting a PR. Achieving those goals you once thought were impossible.

These things become a part of us and we really become a part of them. They become so important that we become attached to them. So much to the point where we can’t imagine being without them. Could you imagine being without your family, friends, or training buddies. No way! You are attached to them. Could you imagine being without running? Without training in general? That driven mindset? Probably not! You’re attached to them.

It gets to the point where we don’t even know these things are there. We may not always recognize it. We don’t take them for granted. But they become a habit. They live in our subconscious. They become something that if we don’t get to experience it on a given day day, then that day feels a little empty.

You don’t have to think about it. You don’t have to constant remind yourself about it. It’s a part of you. You’re a part of it. It’s a feeling really. It’s part of your DNA. You just do it. You just can’t live without it.

My family and friends and being there for them are most important. Seeing what my body can do while I’m competing, creating, running, riding, racing, throwing weight around. Those things are at the top of my list.

Then there’s this attachment I have to helping and motivating athletes, kids, busy parents with a lot on our minds, and people with allergies or medical conditions. As I build 1BandID that list seems to grow. You’re all expanding that list for me. Thank you!

I’ve become attached to helping people through 1BandID. It’s become a part of me. I’m head to toe, 100% attached to doing my part with 1BandID to help keep all of you a little safer and motivated while you’re doing what you love. What you’re attached to.

That’s why the notion of simply attaching 1BandID to something everybody wears just about every day makes so much sense to me. You don’t have to think about it being there. You don’t have to worry about whether not it’s going to be there. It’s going to be there because it’s attached to what you wear every day when you do what you love.

Now when I say I want 1BandID to be attached to your watch, GPS, or fitness tracker, that’s a simple physical thing. What I really mean, is that I want it to be attached to your adventures, to your training, to your races. Every day. Every step. Every lap. So that it can give be there to give you some peace of mind, some confidence, some insurance that if something does happens, you’ll have the right information with you so that first responders can help you notify the people closest to you.

Do what you love. Chase it. Stay attached to it. Do everything in your power to get better.

Go on. I’ll make it simple to have the right information and motivation on the journey. I promise to deliver a product that comfortably and securely attaches to any watch/GPS/heart rate monitor/fitness tracker. That adds some safety, peace of mind, and the most important information at a first responder's fingertips. That gives a splash of color and your words of encouragement

So, what are you attached to? Feel free to use the #whatareyouattachedto hashtag so I can follow your adventures. Who knows, there might be a free 1BandID, t-shirt, or hat in it for you.

JoeV


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



Boston Marathon Memories and Reflections April 21 2015

Ask any runner, from the ones who yet to cross the finish line of their first 5k, to those with thousands of miles on their legs and they'll all probably share a million feelings about the Boston Marathon. Fear, bucket list, celebration, all come to mind. And, after the unthinkable events of those a$$holes and how they tried to steal the race from us two years ago, you can probably double that to two million feelings.

I absolutely have my own. Way before I ran it. Way before I even had an inkling of a desire to run it. It was a day-off to celebrate with great friends. We would always go to the Red Sox game and and then cheer on the athletes that I never thought I would join. I thought what I was doing on that day was perfect, and the marathon provided a great reason for the day (a backdrop or soundtrack, I guess).

Then I started learning about The Hoyts, the Duel in the Sun, Joanie, and so much more. Then I ran The Chicago Marathon a couple times and found the opportunity to run Boston in 2006. Thank goodness. Coincidentally, my then wife-to-be also happened to be training for Boston. Talk about an instant connection and endless conversation topic. We didn't talk much during the race. She chicked me right around mile two and was gone. It's ok. I was cool with that. She was waiting for me at the finish line (talk about a keeper). Without Boston, who knows how different things could be for me and for 1BandID. That's a big reason this race is so important to me.

Fast forward to this year. Strangely enough, this was the first year I ever made it to the course to see the elites. Unfortunately, that was just about all we saw in person before we had to get the kids to a warmer and drier environment. I was sad to miss the opportunity to properly cheer on many long time friends, and friends I have because of 1BandID. 

However, I got to enjoy the rest of day with my family. We did a lot of virtual cheering while watching it on TV, but I was really so engrossed with getting to spend the day with my family that the coverage mostly provided the perfect soundtrack to the day. In many ways, it kind of reminded me of my first experiences with the race. Respect and admiration, but on the sidelines.

I know I'll be off the sidelines and back on that course some day. And, when I do, I hope Meb is there to help me across the finish line. Love this guy and this perfect moment captured by the Boston Globe!

Last but certainly not least. Congrats to all of the athletes. Having raced in similar conditions, I can only hope the adrenaline, emotions, and crowd kept  you warm and mentally dry.

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.