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Marathon burpees

posted by Joshua on November 1, 2014 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Habits, SIDCHAs
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It’s just past midnight, meaning I’m about fifteen minutes into Saturday, November 1.

Tomorrow, Sunday, is the marathon. I’ve trained for it pretty well for months. I’ve wondered what to about my burpees.

Some people suggested skipping burpees on days I run the marathon. I see it otherwise. Those are the most important days to do them. What’s the point of doing something only when it’s easy? The benefit comes when it’s hard. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a quote about how your development all comes from the last reps you do, that everything before that only sets up those reps.

Ah, here’s that quote, not that I’m competing at his level.

The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.

Deciding Sunday will be easy. I’ll do both sets after the marathon. Well, the decision will be easy. I expect the burpees to be the hardest part of the day.

But I figured I’d still feel the effects of Saturday evening’s burpees the next day so I decided to do my Saturday sets as early as possible. I just did my two sets of twenty-five first thing on Saturday before going to sleep Friday night. I also did both Friday’s sets Friday morning. I figure this maximizes my recovery time and will help me run the race.

If you miss one day you can miss two. If you miss two, it’s all over.

Nothing about “except when you run a marathon.”

I hope I don’t get injured like last year. That last-minute injury has weighed on me this year. I’m glad I ran those six seven-minute-miles in Central Park two weeks ago.

Track my marathon progress

Besides watching the marathon in person and on TV, you can track my progress during the race with the free marathon app, available for all kinds of phones. Search for “2014 TCS New York City Marathon Mobile App” in your phone’s app store. My number is 27519.

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A successful testimonial on leading someone so she wanted to be led again

posted by Joshua on October 31, 2014 in Entrepreneurship, Leadership
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An attendee of one of my seminars on How To Lead People So They Want You To Lead Them Again wrote to her seminar-mates and me the results of her putting what she learned into practice. She had mentioned during the seminar an employee she had written off as unmanageable, who consistently disregarded her agreed-on[…] Keep reading →

New SIDCHA series post

posted by Joshua on October 30, 2014 in Education, Exercises, Fitness, Freedom, Habits, SIDCHAs, Tips
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[I wrote a new introduction to my SIDCHA series. I'm happy enough with it to share it as a regular post.] Most people seem to want improve themselves, personally or professionally. Reading, watching, and listening to people tell you how you can develop yourself professionally or personally doesn’t change anything beyond give you a bit[…] Keep reading →