What’s the Take Away? – Ironman Austin Training

AnneMarie-TEDxOCIronman Austin training is hot underway, literally.  To help prepare for the hot, humid weather, I just road 50 miles in 100 degrees.  Hell, it was hell.

Ten miles in and the tortuous heat had nearly every part of my body crying.  To make matters worse I forgot sunscreen, lip block, only filled one of two water bottles, and craziest of all – I forgot a sports bra.  What was I thinking???  Go braless or wear a sexy black lace bra.  I choose the bra.  Don’t know why.  It didn’t even have support to hold my drivers’ license in place.  Oh, but I looked good.

The road produced clear reminders of life’s frailty – one dead fawn, five crosses, and a stench under a bridge that had me praying for no flats in that shady spot.  I passed each twice.  In turn each reminded me of how quickly life can be taken away.

Still, I loved the crazy challenge and how it forced me to adapt and keep a cool mind.  Four hours. Three pit stops. 100+ ounces of water mixed with two teaspoons of salt and one bag of Cytomax sports performance drink mix.

Back at the car I felt so, so thankful – thankful for the ride to be done and thankful to have accomplished the goal.  More importantly, I was thankful for the desire and ability to ride, to live.  Especially at this age (52) when some believe life is over the hill. Dead and gone; that’s not the attitude of this Boomer.  Life is booming.

What’s the take away?  Today do something that will help you grow and appreciate life, especially if it’s a bit uncomfortable.  Jump in.

 

 

 

Annemarie du LeBohn
Annemarie is a sought after speaker who shares tips on how to transform your work, your life, and the world around you. After her TED Talk, Pastor Rick Warren said Annemarie’s message hit it out of the ballpark. Her transformational leadership stems from racing Ironman and embracing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ironman is the world’s toughest endurance race – athletes swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. Racing Ironman transformed Annemarie’s mindset to be peaceful and powerful, a 30-year challenge that began after surviving a brutal attack that left her with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As for CSR, while working for Disney’s Anaheim Angels and Mighty Ducks, Annemarie saw how companies with a triple bottom-line thrive – they equally value people, the planet and profits. What's Annemarie's message? Thrive With Purpose™.
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Annemarie is a sought after speaker who shares tips on how to transform your work, your life, and the world around you. After her TED Talk, Pastor Rick Warren said Annemarie’s message hit it out of the ballpark. Her transformational leadership stems from racing Ironman and embracing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ironman is the world’s toughest endurance race – athletes swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. Racing Ironman transformed Annemarie’s mindset to be peaceful and powerful, a 30-year challenge that began after surviving a brutal attack that left her with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As for CSR, while working for Disney’s Anaheim Angels and Mighty Ducks, Annemarie saw how companies with a triple bottom-line thrive – they equally value people, the planet and profits.
What's Annemarie's message? Thrive With Purpose™.

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