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Energy – Not Money – is Wealth

My son yesterday ended up buying a 29er MTB rim off a guy through Kijiji. He ended up with a rim that won’t work because the rim uses a 12mm thru axle but his hard tail GIANT MTB frame can only take a 9mm skewer. I think it was $50 well spent… because the lesson should hopefully prevent my son from making the exact same mistake (as in not buying something he isn’t 100% sure about, and as in not taking the time to ensure that he is 100% sure) with items that are much more expensive.

My son though was as could be expected not so pleased with his mistake, and in the moment expressed that he blew $50. Indeed $50 is a fair amount of money for a teenager who just started working this summer, but I maintained that the rim should stay in his room and remain there as a lesson to prevent future losses (hopefully).

My son replied… but its $50, “its money wasted” he exclaimed, and “money is what makes this world work, money is most important”.

I do not agree, but I also remember being a teenager and recall having the outlook too that if I only had so much money, then everything would be right in the universe because I could afford x, y, and z. In the moment I didn’t have a line that could deliver a powerful knockout punch that could end the argument; so I said nothing…

But today is another day, and today while on a ride the series of knockout punches required to deliver the powerful end to the argument (i.e. if money is most important) came to me…

Money is not that important, what is important is energy because it is energy which creates, it is energy which innovates, it is energy which produces taking ideas and turning them into businesses… and it is those businesses which end up generating revenues, profits… i.e. money.

So why are we making money into such a priority? Why does my son feel that money, money, money is most important? I believe it is because boomers – who as a result of their cohort size are still setting many of the trends in society – are desperately trying to get their hands on, and hold on to as much money as possible. Why? Because they have been sold the belief that as you age you are less energetic, hence you are able to generate fewer ideas, or able to translate fewer ideas into money making enterprises. So, the goal of retiring boomers is to accumulate money, money and more money to last them through their un-energetic years, their unproductive, their energy sucking years.

Money itself is no more than a store of value, money itself does not generate, create, or translate anything into anything else of value… so money can actually be seen like a battery.

Batteries do not generate energy, they store energy. Batteries once depleted can be recharged but an energy source has to be used to recharge the battery as they don’t just recharge spontaneously.

Batteries are important to have in emergencies, but even more powerful, even more valuable, even more critical is the ability to generate energy, loads and loads of energy because if you can, then you have no need for batteries (or at least minimal need) because you know you have the potential and the ability to generate as much energy as needed.

Its no different with money. If you are poor at generating ideas, at translating ideas into reality, poor at executing on plans to turns dreams into goals into viable successful and sustainable businesses then absolutely you will think that the world rotates around money, and if only you had some, or more then all would be well in the universe (or at least in your own life).

But… if you know how to generate sustainable energy, you know how to communicate and share that energy with others, you know how to harness your energy into production, then you have no need to be worried whether you will have enough energy through out life, whether or not you will have enough money through out life… if you are energetic and train to become efficient and effective in using your energy, then there are no limits to what is possible, to what you can achieve.

Hence, the importance of sport, the arts, and music. These all generate energy.

Wonder why Taylor Swift can command $800 a ticket for a seat at her concert… because the energy generated at the concert is worth $800 to those who appreciate her energy and who want to share in the energy of her concert.

Wonder why 9x Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, why top footballers such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, along with top NBA, NHL and NFL athletes can command millions in contracts and then even more millions in endorsement deals and sponsorships… because the energy they generate and express appeals to millions of viewers, viewers who want just a piece of that energy and are willing to spend spend spend in order to just be associated with the energy of such pro athletes.

Its not money that is most important in this world, in this life.  Its energy.

Question is… do you know how to generate sustainable energy? Do you know how to harness that energy to be the most productive version of you, to be the most expressive, creative, innovative version of you? Do you know how to translate energy into executable plans that turn energy into material (e.g. money)?

Einstein told us that energy and matter are interchangeable. Well, money is matter, hence energy and money are interchangeable according to Einstein’s equation where E = mc2.

Question is… what are you spending your time doing? Whining, complaining about how others can work the laws of physics into the laws of business and build business after business making as much money as they want; or are you starting to learn, study, train and experiment with how to become more energetic? Once energetic are you working to channel that energy into power that can be harnessed to take your ideas your innovations into mass production?

For those who understand energy, $50 is nothing, in fact $500, $5,000, even $50,000 is nothing because when you understand energy you know that its not the battery that is powerful, its not money that is powerful, its the ability to generate and harness energy that makes the world go round. When you understand that… then you will understand that the world is limitless including your opportunities.


There is another reason that boomers are desperate for energy… they sold their health in exchange for money thinking that money, not their health is true wealth. Now, with declining health, the desperation of the boomer generation can be felt across all generations as their hoarding is impacting not just their personal economy but the economy of cities and countries.

Boomers scared of being alive without money, running out of money before life runs out have become obsessed with money. Its a shit way to live… scared out of your mind about money, so you spend none of your life living, just time worrying about money. Hmm… the WHO (World Health Organization) stated that by 2020, anxiety and depression will be the top diagnoses globally… hmm, a connection? A world obsessed with money and a world drowning itself in drugs, alcohol, medications and disease and trying to drown itself in money.

Hopefully after reading this my son may appreciate that money is merely a tool – a temporary way of storing some energy – and not the pivot point of life. Money becomes the pivot point for all those who never took the time to learn about energy, how to create it, how to transform it, how to share it, so that it does become money. For those who understand energy, money is a piece of paper with funny pictures, silly signatures, and is given far too much focus.


A final point…

The technology sector, its not energy, its not energetic, like money, technology is a tool, it leverages existing energy. Technology consumes energy, it doesn’t create energy. Think about it… how much life does your device have and how much of your life rotates around ensuring that your device has enough energy?

Hence why I despise the concept that children need devices. Children need to learn how to harness the energy they are generating, they do not need devices designed to absorb their energy, effectively numbing children into zombies before they turn 8 years of age. We were all sold the Baby Einstein bull that it will improve your children in years to come; now we know that Baby Einstein was well packaged bull and Disney swallowed a major loss in acquiring the company.

Children need to be encouraged to generate all the energy they can, and not be enslaved to staring at screens in preparation for the terminal disease called employment. Children need sport, need the arts, they need music (not listening to it, but learning how to make it). Let the boomers and their obsession with money, finance, stocks & bonds die with them; lets focus on the next generation… a generation that can be freed from the restrictive mindset that money is primary, and all else secondary.

The Trait of Peak Performers

Peak performance is not a day job where you punch the clock and are ‘on’ only while training.

In a word, the pursuit of peak performance is obsession.

Peak performance is an obsession, to which 24/7 is devoted by those pursuing their potential. Its not just the decisions made and actions taken while training, its every decision and every action 24/7 that matters.

Gwen Jorgensen (triathlon)

Chrissie Wellington (triathlon)

Being an Ironman is a 24/7 job,” Wellington says. “It’s not just training, which I do up to six hours a day; it’s eating right, it’s recovery, it’s massage, it’s injury prevention and it’s sleep. That doesn’t leave room for the other things I enjoy.   The Guardian 2011-Jan-02

Michael Phelps (swimming)

Leading up to the Athens Olympics, Bob Bowman set an expectation on Michael… 5 years straight, no days off, everything comes second to swimming. When Bowman said everything, he meant everything… birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, you name it, it was second to swimming.

Lornah Kipligat (athletics)

Sometimes its not the training that is all consuming, its everything that goes into ensuring that the training of one day doesn’t compromise training of the following day.  To allow the body and brain to integrate all the training, to fully recover so that training tomorrow starts with a fresh awake ready and hungry body and brain requires FULL recovery. Lornah Kipligat was known to sleep 16hrs during peaks in her training.

Adharanand Finn (author of “Running with Kenyans”)

When they [Kenyans] run, they run.  When they are not running, they are not doing anything. They rest. No, they don’t go out with friends.  No they don’t go out to the mall (the fact that there is no mall in Iten Kenya likely helps).  No they don’t go eat out with family. They rest.

Roger Federer and Andy Murray (tennis)

After getting in training sessions, both on the court and off the court, eating and travel time, there isn’t alot of time left when you sleep 12hrs, but if thats what it takes to be seeded #1, then thats what those who seek top seed will commit.


Loads of people work hard, but never end up at or with their goals.  The difference is not working hard, its being obsessed with your goal, your dreams, your vision translating into every moment of every day; where your goals are the deciding factor in what you do and how you do it.

Deciding to meet up with friends? How will it impact my progress to my goal?

Deciding to stay out late at a party? How will it impact my progress to my goal?

Deciding whether to have a drink? How will it impact my progress to my goal?

Deciding how much to sleep? How will it impact my progress to my goal?

Deciding how much to nap? How will it impact my progress to my goal?

Deciding what to read, to watch on TV? How will it impact my progress to my goal?

You want to experience your peak potential, but are unwilling to make the decisions making your goals, dreams, and visions priority, so much of a priority that everyone and everything that isn’t leading to progress comes second… then stop fooling yourself, stop pretending.  You ain’t gonna experience anything but frustration and disappointment, because your one foot in one foot out hokey-pokey dance ain’t gonna cut it. Stop beating yourself up, if you aren’t gonna give your goals 100% of you, then how can you honestly ever expect 100% in return?

Your potential deserves all of your attention, your focus, your energy, all of you.

You want to fist pump like Phelps, you want to have your own trademark move like Usain Bolt, you want to run screamin’ across a soccer pitch like Christine Sinclar while your teammates chase you so they can pile onto you in celebration, then you need to commit, wholeheartedly, without limits, conditions or constraints.

When you do commit, and when you do achieve your goals, you will not ask yourself if it was worth it. Because that would simply be a ridiculous question.

The Travesty of IM

Imagine you created a contest – a test – to determine athletic supremacy.

Imagine you created a competition to decide who is the ultimate athlete.

Imagine you created a challenge where swimmers faced off against cyclists and runners to see who is the top athlete.

Imagine that your creation goes on to inspire thousands upon thousands to become athletes.

Imagine that your creation goes on to become an Olympic sport.

Imagine…

Now imagine, that in the pursuit of the acknowledgement that comes along with completing a triathlon, and more notably an Ironman triathlon (mainly due to the marketing) that individuals who call themselves coaches start to diminish, dumb down, disrespect your creation.

Now imagine, that coaches see an opportunity to monetize the aspirations of those who want to complete a triathlon, and start to take advantage of the recognition that you hear when you cross the finish line of an Ironman Corporation triathlon that “you are an Iron-man” and see it as an opportunity to sell short cuts.

Instead of your creation being a contest, a competition, a challenge, it has now become a way for non-athletes to one up their fellow non-athlete in a pissing contest of who will compromise on their health enough in order to make it across an Ironman Corporation finish line. How you finish doesn’t matter… crawling across the finish line may even come across as more ‘heroic’ because you can elicit emotions of giving it your all (when in reality you never trained enough to be allowed to toe the start line).

To those who are or aspire to being true athletes, who refuse to disrespect the arena of competition, the sanctity of competition, to those who refuse to diminish their fellow athletes, to those who refuse to compete until having put in the training that is the true payment required to toe the start line of a competition… its time to stand up against the fakes, the frauds, the finish line selfee takers, its time to protect that which you respect because sport is no longer respected for what it once was.

Sport has become entertainment, with any form of cheating, be it course cutting, doping, or worse… tampering with equipment of your competitors so you can gain an advantage for yourself has become accepted as simply part of the entertainment. Sport is no longer about training for years, about commitment, dedication, sacrifice, perseverance, its about short cuts and short cutting your way to the front of the back, to the finish line. Its about tshirts, selfees, and participation medals.

Athletes… its time to take back sport, your sport. Its time to set standards for yourself and for all those who want to truly be athletes.

Coaches… its time to take back sport, your sport. Its time to set standards for yourself and for all those who want to call themselves coaches.

If we do, then the clowns who want short cuts and the clowns who want to sell short cuts can come to realize that their mindset, their attitude, their disrespect is no longer wanted in or around sport, that they are no longer tolerated in sport.

If we do, then we can return sport to where it belongs, to what it is meant to be.

If we do, then we can end the travesty that has become training for triathlon events…

Diet Is No Solution

Have we ever become obsessed with food, diet, nutrition, “fueling”, whatever you want to call it.

An industry of what to eat, in what quantities, when, and how has grown out of what used to be a profession which focused almost exclusively on hospital patients who were believed to require specific diet plans in order to recover and heal. Registered Dietitians worked almost exclusively in hospitals until nutrition, diet, and dieting became mainstream words as a result of the food industry seeking to demonize fat because it saw the opportunity to grow revenues and profits by deceiving the masses into believing that low fat and no fat diets were the solution to losing weight and then to health. With this push of industry to create new products… dietitians and legions of unregistered “food specialists” (i.e. nutritionists) were called upon to sell the propaganda that what you eat, when you eat, how much you eat, etc… it is not only critical to health, but called to sell that its the pivot point of health.

Really?  Is it really?

Think about it…

How many animals eat one thing, and one thing only their entire life and are NOT suffering from malnutrition, from obesity, from disease. Consider that…

  • Koala bears eat a diet of almost nothing but eucalyptus leaves,
  • Blue whales eat plankton, tons and tons of plankton,
  • Pandas eat bamboo,
  • Spiders eat a steady diet of flying insects.

In nature it is not uncommon for animals, birds, insects and mammals to eat a tiny variety of items and still somehow manage to live their lives and have healthy offspring which grow up on the exact same limited diet.  Meanwhile, humans are told that they have to eat a wide variety of items to live healthy.

Really? Or maybe, we have once again been ‘sold’ by industry that our diet needs to have kale, quinoa, pomegranate, blueberries and olive oil or else we are going to… develop horrible diseases. Quick get a smoothee with wheat grass, tumeric, green apples and a drop of oregano oil or else!

Don’t get me started on the beauty industry which has women convinced that rubbing all sorts of lotions and potions will rejuvenate their skin making them healthy and looking young again. Meanwhile, the ingredients for their anti-aging face cream which they lathered their face this morning before they headed out to protest in front of the slaughterhouse is made from the fat and bones of the animals they claim they don’t want killed in that same slaughterhouse.

Hypocritical? Just a tad.

I digress.

And who has been recruited to sell what the food industry wants… dietitians and nutritionists! Desperate to be important in this world, desperate to carve out ‘theirs too’ in this world, desperate to have their diet book published, desperate to be on a talk show to preach that they and they alone know the secret combination of foods that yield to health and wellness… they too have sold their souls to industry.

Reality is…

You cannot pour diesel into a gas engine and hope that it will turn into a diesel engine!

But this is exactly what dietitians, nutritionists, personal trainers, coaches and everyone else will tell you.  You can “fix” all of your issues if you only eat almonds instead of blueberries, or its because your diet is a lacking a salad with pine and walnuts, arugula, and a raspberry drizzle.

We buy the bullshit that diet can fix us because we love short cuts… we love the idea that we can be and/or become healthy by buying it… by buying this fruit instead of that fruit, by going vegan, by going paleo or adding ketones to our diet, then… oh yes, then we will be healthy.

We have been convinced that there is a code of eating that if we only unlock… maybe its 12 almonds not 11… then all of our health and wellness goals will be achieved. What bull!

It was this sort of bull that got me to write this post, especially when I heard it from an interviewer for whom I have significant respect and appreciation for his desire to inform and educate how to achieve peak performance. If you haven’t watched one of Tom Bilyeu’s interviews then I would highly recommend you watching one (click here to link to his Youtube channel). But it was also Tom who triggered this post when he stated in a recent interview with Cynthia Pasquella-Garcia (a celebrity transformational nutritionist) that diet is highly highly personalized and most be highly highly customized to the individual. Say what Tom!  You’ve been sold on this bullshit too! Geez…

You cannot pour diesel into a gas engine and hope that it will turn into a diesel engine!

What does it mean that you cannot turn a gas engine into a diesel engine by pouring diesel instead of gasoline into it?  It means that you cannot change your physiology into being healthy through eating.

Why are we so convinced that it can? Because you most definitely can change your physiology to cause disease by eating garbage, so we believe that the opposite must also hold: that if eating poorly can cause disease, then reverse the equation by eating healthy and disease will be eradicated and health restored. It doesn’t work that way. If it did… then 20-30 years of all this nutrition advice and diets should have yielded results, at least some results. Has any of it? Not at all. As I have repeated endlessly here… we are the most diseased, most medicated, most drugged, most overweight and obese cohort to exist. Where exactly are all the wonderful results? If everything that we are told is remotely true, even half true then we should have results… some reversal in obesity rates, instead epidemics like raging wild fires are only spreading in size and scope.

To become healthy you have to change your physiology, and food does not provide sufficient stimulus to cause significant change in your physiology… period.

There is a right way to obtain and achieve health, and a wrong way. Problem is that the wrong way is what makes industry tick, its what leads to sales and profits and thus there are the advertising and marketing budgets to sell everything what doesn’t work. The right way to health doesn’t require much, so building multi-national conglomerates on true health is impossible. No conglomerate means no advertising and marketing budget educating how to live to achieve health the right way, the real way, the true way. No conglomerate means no lobbyist money to buy politicians into proposing legislation that would encourage living to achieve health the right way, the real way, the true way.

Let me end of this note…

If dietitians and nutritionists were not the minions of the food industry then why is the path to health and wellness only possible by eating/through food, and not through no eating (as in fasting), huh?

If dietitians and nutritionists really were at the forefront of health and wellness they should be as invested in not eating as they are in eating… but they are not; hence my position which is that instead of being professionals who critically analyze the so called “research” which today is little more than corporately funded marketing campaigns performed by scientists willing to compromise on their personal and professional credibility by completing pseudo science in order to maintain the flow of grant money for their labs, they fall for the propaganda that the food industry wants the masses to fall for… so they too can make a buck off you and your health.

Why should dietitians and nutritionists be promoting not-eating as much as they promote eating? Because not-eating, as in fasting, makes more impact on physiology than all the super foods combined. Plus research from Dr Jason Fung has demonstrated that fasting (as in time restricted eating, not even calorie just time restricted eating) can reverse and eliminate Type 2 Diabetes.

Consider this…

You won’t even hear from the American Diabetes Association that fasting can reverse Type 2 Diabetes because of the ADA is so closely tied and thus dependent on the food industry for sponsorship. Wonder why we are so sick? Its because this is how far we have compromised on our values… we will fail to deliver our mandate (as in the ADA listing Type 2 Diabetes as an irreversible disease) when the truth is the opposite.

A society which compromises on its values this much doesn’t have nutrition issues… its issues are far far greater.


And in less than a week of posting this blog… this article is posted at RunnersWorld.com:

Just 5, hah! How bout all superfoods are just hype! How bout the concept of superfoods being hype… again, some dietitian or nutritionist out to make a name for themselves, or some food conglomerate wanting their new product to be hyped as containing ‘superfoods’ so the term is coined to convince you that buying the fad is a short cut to health. Bull. Bull. Bull.

There are no short cuts to health. Either your ENTIRE lifestyle is healthy… yes the food you eat, but also, how you eat that food, when, in what quantities, and how often you stop shoving food into that piehole of yours and fast for a period of time. It doesn’t stop there… how you exercise, what exercise you do, how often and it goes beyond the simple health & wellness aisles to … your job… is it killing you because you are working for a paycheque and not living out your purpose. What about your relationships… are you surrounded by toxic people? Thats no different than living beside a toxic waste dump that leaks into your drinking water supply and hoping that if you eat kale it will keep you healthy despite the fact that you glow at night from drinking toxic waste water. Insanity at its peak.

Want to be healthy? It starts with a purge of everything unhealthy in your life… EVERYTHING!

Backwards Racing

How do many athletes race backwards? By first looking to the future, to an event they want to participate in, and then by signing up for that event and then go about planning the training to survive the event, is to backwards race.

Backwards racing leads to backwards training, or as I prefer to call it: cramming, no different than the cramming we all did at some point at school.

Backwards racing results in what you typically see at the finish line long after the pros and top age groupers have completed the event: athletes who are walking, crawling, hobbling towards the finish line in hopes that they will make the cut off time, that they will make it to the finish line, that they will survive to tell the tale of yet another near death experience. Its athletes who have bitten off more than they can chew, yet so sold on the meaning of the finish line that they refuse to acknowledge their lack of training, their lack of preparedness, their lack of real health. Their hope is that the finish line will prove their fears wrong, their hopes right: that they are indeed healthy and fit enough, to show up and complete any race they select.

[A study performed at Ironman Brazil revealed that 2/3rds of all triathletes took NSAIDs the day prior to the event, and 1/3rd took NSAIDs on the day of the event. If triathletes are so healthy, why the need to pre-medicate? If you have trained properly for the event, there should be no need for prophylactic medication. That is of course unless your standard of health has been reduced to the point that relying on medication implies nothing about your lack of health.]

Time after time, I hear of athletes who compete in marathons and triathlons, and despite months passing, still have not fully recovered, still are dealing with physical and mental repercussions of the effort put into completing the competition. Suffering from anxiety, depression, pain, immune system, sleep, digestion, and/or muscle and joint dysfunction, they refuse to acknowledge that their body malfunctioning is connected in anyway to the fact that they were not healthy enough, not fit enough, not sufficiently prepared to take on the challenge of competing in whatever event they signed up, yet proceeded to torture themselves through it anyhow.

Backwards racing is comparable to going to a loan shark for money: its using the threat of broken knee caps, swimmin’ with the fishes, or wearing concrete shoes to serve as a kick in the arse to force yourself to put in the necessary effort to payback the loan. There is no difference between a loan shark and backwards racing: (a) the piper always comes to collect, and (b) the piper will always collect even when you have nothing to offer… your health is always up for grabs.

What I do not comprehend is why do athletes, time after time, gamble with their health in this manner?  Why do they put health up as collateral, simply for a finish line medal or photo? Is that medal really worth more than your well being? What does a medal or finish time prove if in the process you hurt yourself, inflict pain, harm yourself with injury arising from overextending yourself attempting to accomplish in weeks what needs months or years of training.

Racing is supposed to be about testing the progress you have made to date in training. It has to be an honest test for it to have honest meaning. Backwards racing is not a test of anything, its a form of gambling: spin the wheel, pick an event, place a wager (by registering) and then hope that you can pull off the training that at best will allow you to finish the race standing, and at worst puts you into a med-tent or an ambulance.

Backwards racing sets the athlete up to lose, and continued losing. Albeit for the delusional athlete, over-reaching for an event that you have no business attempting, and then surviving in some strange way may serve as a win (especially when the agony of recovering for weeks or months is denied as being related).

If you are not improving as an athlete, then my bet is that you are backwards racing, and training backwards, aka cramming. In fact, you are probably not only failing to improve, I would bet also that you are regressing in some way… in flexibility and mobility, in fitness, in health, as cramming causes athletes to become more prone to injury, to illness, and susceptible to the systemic diseases of prolonged over-training, and over-racing.

In the moment, hyped up, delusional images of grandeur that arise by seeing yourself at a competition – hoping that you can pull it off with weeks or months of training – is just as it sounds… a setup for failure, where pain and injury are the likely outcomes, and health is the account into which you will dip to pay the piper.

If you need a race in order to get training, in order to get motivated, then you are not training, you are threatening, guilting, fearing, scaring yourself into doing what you say you should do, but are clearly not inspired or motivated to do without some sort of doomsday scenario playing out in front of you.

Do you honestly think that health, true health, can be based on emotionally manipulating yourself into training for an event?

Why do this to yourself? Why subject yourself to the pressure, the negative motivation, to the endless reverse psychology of overextending yourself and then hoping that you can cram in enough to pull yourself out of the trap you set for yourself?

Why not take the time to do it right? Start from scratch, learn how to train, learn how to plan to train, learn how to plan to race, and learn how to race so that you can make it a lifelong journey of enjoyment and exploration. Otherwise, you can continue with the hokey-pokey in and out of being active, suffering through training and a race one year, then waiting until you regain some mild level of interest to put myself through the torture of training and racing yet again.


OK… so some triathletes, some athletes race backwards… big deal. No, its not some, its the majority. How do I know? Two sources:

  1. Race Directors – just ask how many register, then how many actually show up to events, especially triathlons.  XTerra Race Director James Kowalewski shared in one post that triathlons – across the industry – have a 25% no show rate. Think about that… athletes shell out anywhere from $100 to almost a thousand dollars when entering iron-distance triathlons, and 25% of them don’t even show. Why? Because they booked their epic event first, and then second tried to figure out how to train to survive the event = racing backwards.
  2. DNFs – review iron distance triathlon results and you will be as shocked as I was at the staggering number of athletes who never make it past T1, past T2, across the finish line. In some age groups I have seen as many as 25% of all the athletes DNF!

So 25% don’t show, another 25% don’t finish… so approximately 50% never complete what they set out to do and then there is a significant number who crawl, stumble across the finish line either after the cut off time or perhaps before but finish their event in the medical tent because they overextended themselves well beyond their capacity. Why? Because racing backwards is the norm, and healthy training and racing is the outlier.

Final story… last year an athlete who went with a local triathlon club to Arizona for a spring training camp returned to share this story. While out on a ride, there was a crash, a serious crash with one athlete in particular suffering a severe concussion. Instead of focusing on the athlete’s well-being, the coach who was also riding in the pack (but did not crash) came to the injured athlete and immediately started to promise that he would get the athlete to their event (which was coming up in a number of weeks). Seriously! A severe concussion and instead of placing health as the priority, encouraging the athlete to recover fully, reminding the athlete that there are many many races available this year and in following years… hell no! Like Monty Python’s Dark Knight… “tis only a flesh wound [Dark Knight is missing both arms, and a leg], come back here, I can still fight you!”

Where does the backwards (cart before the horse) mindset arise from? Coaches who should not be coaching because they have no clue… about what is truly important in life. Find yourself a coach who values health – and your life – over their own ego. The above coach being so obsessed with their own ego could only see themselves as a failure if the injured athlete failed to compete; meanwhile the fact that an incomplete recovery and that a second concussion poses a threat of sudden death doesn’t cross the mind of the coach. Clueless!

Don’t Buy It

I remember growing up… allergies were a “thing”.  Everyone seemed to be tested. I remember going to a medical clinic having 20 little needles prick me simultaneously on the forearm, each needle delivering a different allergen…. mold, mildew, dust, dander, pollen, etc… You would go home after the ‘test’, and return to the clinic in 24-48 hrs in order to have the pricks examined. Those pricks which became inflamed identified what you were allergic too. For me, the test came back stating that I was allergic to dust, mildew, and mold. I had the test due to repeated ear, nose, throat infections, hence the ENT specialist figured there was something triggering the constant infections at home. That the infections had nothing to do with dust, mildew or mold and that compulsive cleaning was ineffective in preventing the infections is a topic for another post… as is the real trigger for my infections (and medically stated reason to remove my tonsils).

My allergies aren’t the point of this post, the point is that recently it came to me… back a couple decades it seemed every other person was allergic to cats and dogs. We couldn’t have a dog or cat because my brother was allergic. I wasn’t, my parents weren’t; they grew up with dogs. Only my brother was allergic to dog and cat fur, and it wasn’t only him; it seemed that a ton of other kids were too. Coincidentally, dogs and cats were not household pets like they are now.

Which got me thinking…

What has changed? In the past couple of decades what has happened that all of a sudden it seems no one has an allergy to either dogs or cats. It seems that today not a household is without a dog or cat. How can that be?

Have dogs and cats changed, no longer creating allergens, no longer causing allergies?

Has our physiology changed such that we are not affected by dog or cat dander or fur?

There is only aspect of the human being that can change so dramatically that our physiology can change “all of a sudden” making us immune to dogs and cats… our psychology.

Growing up, there were few dogs as pets, obviously there were those who had pets, but the pets most kids had were cheap pets… goldfish or hamsters. Also, the dogs people had as pets often served a purpose other than that of filling purses or strollers to help empty nesters deal with their unresolved parenting issues or to help young adults “play” parents since having actual children would conflict with their self absorbed lives. Besides, dogs make for far better social media posts then snot nosed whiny children, because whats a day without an instagram or snapchat or Fb post that your friends can like? The dogs people had, were typically guard dogs… not cute little things you cuddle, dogs designed to bark and bite.

Which brings me back to allergies…

What if…

What if we were allergic to dogs (and cats simply by default because they have fur too) because there was a social narrative that dogs for the most part pose a threat to our well-being (again because most were guard dogs not ‘pets’ or therapy animals), hence dogs consciously and/or unconsciously triggered our flight-fight-freeze response resulting in an inflammatory response… sneezing, congestion, tickle in the back of the throat, coughing, perhaps even asthma and in some people skin changes (e.g. itching, a rash).

Today, you can bring a dog into any classroom and not a kid will run to the back of the room concerned either about being bit, or about their allergies. You can bring a dog into a classroom without even bothering to ask if anyone is allergic because you would be laughed at for suggesting that anyone could be allergic. Interesting how things (or is it people) change?

So, where did the allergies to dogs and cats go? It went the same place the social narrative went that dogs and cats are dangerous, are threats to our well being… it “went away”. We grew out of a mindset, hence we grew out the allergy.

Which brings me to the health care system in general.

Ointments and medications and whatever else the health care system suggests are the solutions to our issues… rarely are.  They are indeed solutions to major pharmaceutical companies and health service companies, but actual solutions to people…. rarely.

Health is primarily a state of mind. The health of our body is a direct result of the state of our mind, the state of our thinking, the health of our mind. If your mind is awash in narratives that identify a world filled with nothing but danger, risk, threat, then how can your body be healthy? You cannot be healthy, will not be healthy and no amount of medical intervention can overcome the narratives in your head to make the rest of you healthy.

It starts with analyzing what you think about, how you think about it, and the impact of your thoughts on your physiology. From there, you can make progress, from there you can start to select which narratives are helping you, and which narratives need to be rewritten so they to can help you, and which narratives need to be trashed as there is no saving them, and keeping them means that there is no saving you.

Consider this… the #1 medical diagnoses expected in 2020 by the WHO (as in World Health Organization) are: anxiety and depression; both of which are states of mind.

Things that make you go…. Hmm
(Arsenio Hall, circa 1990s)

Triathlon Legend Mark Allen


“We have to train the physiology so that their body is perceiving that day as low stress. How do you train an athlete so that their mind, their internal emotions are perceiving this day as something they can tackle? And also how do you train their physiology so that inside the body’s going “this is hard, but its not the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” You have to provide them with training that over stresses both of these elements.”

A Simple Standard

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A bit of background is needed to appreciate why I use a specific standard when advising athletes what events they can compete in (that is if they want to be coached by me).

The athletic accomplishments of Mark Allen need to be appreciated to learn the source of this standard.

To this day, what Mark Allen achieved in the sport of triathlon has not been repeated by any single athlete. There are definitely athletes like Gwen Jorgensen – US Olympian and 2016 Rio gold medalist in triathlon – who like Mark Allen went undefeated in short course (or as it is now called ITU standard triathlon events); there is Chrissie Wellington who went undefeated across all Ironman triathlons she competed in during her career; but there is no one … not one athlete… who has done it all, and done it all within a consecutive time span like Mark Allen.

Allen won the long course championship race – back in his day it was held in Nice, France, and was a triple Olympic distance triathlon – Allen won it for 11 consecutive years. Allen went undefeated in short course events winning 18 or 19 in a row in one stretch. Allen also won the Ironman World Championship triathlon which is still held annually in Hawaii a total of 6 times. There is no single triathlete who has done anything close to what Mark Allen achieved.

If you are going to set a standard for training or racing in the sport of triathlon, there is only one athlete, the man known as ‘the Grip’ who should be referenced… and that is Mark Allen.

Before Allen won Ironman Worlds 6x, he had to defeat his predecessor, Dave Scott. Dave Scott’s nickname was ‘the Man’ because no one before Scott had won Ironman Worlds as many times (Scott won it 6x), nor by the margins that Scott won. Mark Allen was winning at every other distance of triathlon but Ironman World Champs in Hawaii eluded him. For nearly a decade – think about that… nearly a decade – of attempting to win in Hawaii, Allen was defeated by Scott time and time again, sometimes coming close with a podium finish, and sometimes not… sometimes in the top 10, sometimes not even ending finishing as a DNF (did not finish). Allen endured mechanical issues, bleeding issues, bonking,… you name it, Allen seemed to be cursed when racing in Hawaii.

That is until Mark Allen set ‘the standard‘. The standard which led him to the famous battle on the Queen K highway where the marathon of the Ironman World Champs finishes up, a battle known as ‘the Iron War’. The year was 1989, Allen and Scott were never apart more than a few seconds during the 8+ hours of the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Hawaii. It was in the final miles, on a slight upgrade that Allen made his move realizing that he was putting distance on Scott on all up grades, and was losing gaps he opened as Scott would reel him back in on declines. On the last uphill before the final descent to the coast and to the finish line, Allen put in a surge and didn’t look back… that was the year Ironman Worlds had itself a new Champ, a Champion that would win 5 more times.

So what was ‘the standard‘ Mark Allen set for himself with the intent of no longer allowing the heat and humidity of Hawaii, gaps in his training, and most of all Dave Scott from standing in his way from the top podium spot at Ironman World Champs?

Mark Allen set ‘the standard‘ that if he was going to race an 8 hour race, then he must train himself to be ready for an 8 hour race, therefore he must put in 8 hour training days if he is going to thrive in competition for 8 hours.

Long story short… he did, and the rest is history.

If you go online these days, there is a race to the bottom amongst triathlon coaches… a race to who can come up with the most moronic training formula in an attempt to ‘get clients’ (i.e. hopeful individuals who would like to cross the finish line of an iron distance triathlon so that they can call themselves ‘Ironmen’ and ‘Ironwomen’). To date, the shortest training program that I have seen offered online by triathlon coaches is 9 total hours a week being heraled as sufficient training to thrive at an iron distance triathlon. Let that sink in for a moment. The best of the best complete iron distance triathlons in about 8 hrs, with the best of the best women around 8 1/2 to 9 hrs… and the average finishers in the range of 11-13 hrs. How is the average athlete going to thrive if they train less hours per week than the entire event is going to take? How is it that Mark Allen couldn’t thrive at Ironman Worlds while putting in 800km per week of swimming, biking and running and had to add in 8 hr straight sessions to achieve his potential. Meanwhile novice athletes are told that they can get away with putting in no more than 9 hours in total a week? How does that add up? Yet this is the advice coming from triathlon coaches… even coaches who are Ironman University certified, coaches with USAT or NCCP credentials.

WARNING: training programs promising success at iron distance triathlons with only 9hrs of training per week are a crock; these programs are being sold by clowns and con-men/women calling themselves triathlon coaches.

My standard is taken from the one called the Grip… its his standard: if you are not able to train at a minimum 5 distinct sessions of equal duration to the estimated time for the event that you want to attempt, then you cannot do that event (and these training sessions are in addition to all the cardio-respiratory base conditioning, core conditioning, skill acquisition and sport specific technique necessary to be competent at the sport).

If you expect that an iron distance will take you 12 hrs and you cannot put in a total of 5 single 12 hr straight sessions of training to mimic race day then you cannot compete at an iron distance triathlon.  Its not that you shouldn’t do it, its that you cannot do it because you haven’t got the training to do it. That is what is called a standard. That there is no standard to compete at iron distance or even half iron distance triathlons is why there is a 25% DNS (do not start) rate, and a DNF (did not finish) rate as high as 20%+ at some of these events. No, no one advertises the number of drop outs before the event starts, or the number who drop out during, or the number that end up in the medical tent, or the number who do not make cut off times… because that may actually dissuade some from signing up to begin.

If you do an event for which you do not have sufficient training, then I guarantee you this… to cross the finish line you will compromise your well-being, your health, and not just for a day or two… you may do serious lasting damage to your cardio-resp system, your immune system, to your hormone/endocrine system, damage that can take months, sometimes years to heal. Again, not widely advertised because of the damage it would do registration revenues, but the number of bucket listers and iron distance triathlon finishers who months or years after their race still cannot sleep a full night, still have bathroom issues, still have lingering injuries from race day that won’t heal… is lengthy. And you won’t find this advertised anywhere either; its all about profit these days, even profit at the expense of people… even at event management companies claiming to be heavily invested in your well-being, your health.

In reality, few and I mean few people with a career, with a family, especially with young children have the time to put in proper training do compete in a full iron distance triathlon.

But this standard isn’t just for full iron distance triathlon, it applies equally to any distance of event…

If you want to run a marathon and expect it will take you 4hrs but you don’t have the time to put in consistent 4hr training sessions… then you cannot run a marathon.

If you want to compete in a 70.3 (i.e. half iron distance triathlon) and expect it to take 5hrs and you cannot put in 5hr training sessions ahead of the event, then you cannot do a 70.3.

But this is not how individuals decide on what event to race.  Convinced by their ironman triathlon club or by their meathead coach or by sports media that only 70.3 or full iron distance triathlons count as ‘real’ triathlons, they register first, and then hope to train enough to be able to show up on race day and actually race. This is called backwards racing and training.

The proper way to train and race… your training dictates the distance you can race.

Say you are able to consistently put in 1hr of training a day, and on weekends 2 or 3 hrs, then you have the following options for picking events to compete in:

  • Events that are 2 – 3 hrs in length, you have sufficient training to participate in, not compete, participate in. As in, start at the back of the field, race your own race, enjoy the scenary, the experience, and finish feeling great, or…
  • Events that are 1 – 2 hrs in length, you have sufficient training to compete in, against yourself to set a personal best, but not necessarily against others in your age group.
  • Events that are 30 – 45mins in length, depending on your sport specific level of skill and technique you may have sufficient training to be competitive against others in your age group (but that is a discussion for you to have with your coach and is dependent on far more than just hours of training).

What Mark Allen realized was needed in order for him to prevail at Ironman World Champs in Hawaii is something that exercise physiologists and coaches have known for decades but seem to have forgotten… if you want to be good at swimming you need to swim, if you want to be good at running you need to run, if you want to be good at an event that is 2hrs long then you need to consistently train 2hrs+, if you want to be good at an event that is 12hrs long then you need to train consistently for 12hrs… it ain’t quantum physics, its called training specificity.

Unlike the plethora of short cuts that are being sold, specificity states clearly: there are no short cuts, neither to a full iron distance triathlon, nor to your health. If you want health, then you have to train and race right… with specific intent and specifically for the event that you want to take on. If you want to train and race right, then you need a coach, not a clown, not a con-man or con-woman posing as a coach. Its easy – too easy in fact – to obtain coaching credentials today… so instead of coaching certificates I suggest you seek out a coach who has the education and experience of an health professional AND on top of that, a coach who has the education and experience of a coach, AND on top of that… a coach who has the education and experience of an athlete… and then you may, you just may have an individual worthy of being called coach.

If you want to be trained right… then why on earth would you skimp on the quality of your coach. I don’t see triathletes skimping in the least on their training and racing equipment, so why would you skimp on that which is even more important… your training?


Excerpt from triathlete.com article titled “How to Dial-In Your Race Specific Training“:

“Fitness can be described and measured in countless different ways. It all depends what you are trying to achieve. A power lifter is fit, so is a track and field sprinter and so is an Ironman athlete. However, most of us would agree that if you put any of those athletes in the others’ competition they would do rather poorly. Therein lies the concept of specificity. Your body will excel at what you train it to do. Your training should create the aerobic, anaerobic and muscular foundation to maximize your (or your athlete’s) physiological and physical potential and then fine tune it to specific race demands.”

Standards

Imagine if we started to lower standards beyond sport… in school, in the workplace, in society in general.

What if… instead of 80/100 being an A, we lower the standard to 60.

What if… instead of the current standards for entry into university, into medical school or engineering programs, we lower the standards to make sure anyone who wanted to ‘participate’ had the opportunity.

What if… instead of the blood alcohol limit prior to a DUI infraction, we eliminated the standard altogether.

What if… we simply lower standards until there were no standards. What then?

Well, like the triathletes racing at Ironman Texas we would have clowns as our medical professionals, as the architects designing our buildings, as the engineers building everything from our roads, bridges, to the cars and planes we depend on for safe travel, and speaking of safe travel… our roads would be hazardous to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians as drinking and driving would be without penalty.

When we lower standards we may make post secondary education, professions, sport more accessible and in the short term it may seem to be a win which comes without consequence. It isn’t a win, nor a sustainable solution in the long term because with lower standards eventually we lower them to the point that we start to regress as a society, devolving into lower and lower levels of existence. That is when stealing, cheating and lying become the acceptable norm.

When we push each other to deliver higher standards, challenging each other to be better than we were yesterday, expecting more from each other… that is when and how we advance.

We need to return to expecting more from one another.

We need to return to pushing ourselves.

We need to return to challenging ourselves and one another to be better, to do right.

We will be happier, healthier, and we will suffer less physical and mental disease when we return to living in line with our design: a design which requires us to continually develop, improve, grow, reaching for our fullest potential every day.

Kaizen

Dishonesty, Now Demise

Sport is supposed to, and used to hold athletes to standards. To participate in a sport you were expected to train, in order to compete you were expected to qualify, to prove that you were worthy to engage in competition.

Over time, the standards were loosened to encourage participation, to encourage both younger and older to become involved in sport.

Now, standards are almost non existent and as a result, sport is less sport and has become more entertainment. No different than showing up to a concert, sporting events are marketing themselves as experiences were preparation is not necessary because the point is to cross a finish line, how you cross the finish line is irrelevant. Coaching standards do not exist any longer, as today coaches do not actually coach, they prepare those eager to participate in a sporting event using every conceivable short cut as the goal is to survive, not to thrive, not to excel, not to actually train and race as an athlete. Its entertainment, its a bucket list item… whatever it is, it sure ain’t about becoming better, improving, developing, and it sure ain’t about pursuing one’s potential.

The illusion being sold is that by participating without training doesn’t change the experience: the experience of the event will be no different between you and an athlete [athlete as in an individual who has trained sufficiently & appropriately, one who has gained and trained the sport specific skills to excel]. It ain’t. Its a lie. Its a lie told to sell registration in the event, its a lie told to profit off the popularity of participating in events.

Because standards of competitor worthiness has fallen, and continue to fall, training has become the losing / losers approach to racing. Cheating, stealing, and lying have taken over; they are now the short cuts used by more event participants to make it to the finish line, and sometimes even the start line.

As I blogged recently, at the MEC Burlington Run Series Race #1 in late April, cheaters were everywhere… in the 3.75km race stealing positions and podiums from the other event participants who raced honestly, from children who raced honestly, and it was no different in the 10.2km event as the timing company Speed River Timing shared that the top 5 women were removed for course cutting, as was the top male finisher. How many others… I don’t think MEC would want the real stats revealed because it would likely turn off those who compete honestly from competing again… what’s the point when so many disrespect themselves, the event, and all their competitors. What’s an event where cheating has become normal? Not a sporting event thats for sure.

A Google search of triathletes cheating reveals how far we have fallen:

This is just in the sport of triathlon. If you Google cheats or banned athletes in the sports of running and cycling… the list of not just professionals, but amateur athletes caught with motors in their bikes (in non e-bike events), or testing positive for WADA banned performance enhancing substances, or simply deciding to course cut is lengthy. Why so many cheaters? Because all they really want is the participant medal, the finish line selfee, the Instagram or Fb post. What matters is that they were there, they crossed the finish line… as if it means something without training.

Police work, not anti-doping tests, blow open Italian doping ring

What I don’t get it… is how do cheaters reconcile that cheating, lying, stealing, tampering with the equipment of another athlete – that’s right cheating to the point that you are willing to gamble with the life of another – have anything to do with living an active healthy (i.e. mentally healthy) lifestyle? Can you honestly be mentally and emotionally healthy… if you are cheater?

What kind of delusion are we living in? This is not healthy, its nowhere close to anything close to being healthy. In one case of a banned athlete the extent of their mental dis-ease came out in articles revealing the parallel between the athlete’s unsportsmanlike behaviour to the fact that the athlete also received disciplinary action from their professional regulatory body for inappropriate behaviour. Its delusional to think you are one person on weekends or at an event, and another at work or at home. You may think cheating at an event doesn’t reflect on you, that you can cheat and ‘get away with it’, but the reality is that you are living in denial, convinced that you are physically healthy, mentally & emotionally stable. Here’s a clue… ya ain’t.

Now I read about Ironman Texas. A posted highway cam gif from IMTX shows how so called athletes ran amuck cheating. FYI… Ironman events are supposed to be non-drafting. It didn’t end there; officials at the event stopped officiating using the excuse that it would pose harm? Say what? Officials are supposed to officiate in order to prevent harm… like disqualifying or at a minimum penalizing all the idiots in the gif weaving back and forth across the course median. This is sport? This is not sport, its a joke! Ironman Texas was a fiasco, not a sporting event.

They can’t even cheat right!

If cheating wasn’t enough, these Ironman event participants prove just how unskilled, how untrained they are in that they can’t even cheat right! They can’t even ride their bikes in a straight line so they end up colliding, taking each other out like an house of cards folding upon itself. These aren’t competitors worthy of the title athlete, they are a bunch of cheaters… out to steal positions, a qualification spot for another event, perhaps even a podium from a real athletes… those who raced honestly start to finish.

These aren’t athletes, these are clowns.

If it only ended there…

Then news comes out that the actual bike course length wasn’t anywhere close to an Ironman distance triathlon: the bike course was short. But Ironman Corporation decided to count the finishing times as actual full distance race times!  Ironman Texas went from being a joke, to Ironman Corporation and the brand Ironman now becoming jokes.

By eliminating the standard of what is an Ironman triathlon – to an arbitrary distance which seems to vary with each event – what once stood as a brand representing the standard of endurance triathlons…  is now a standard of nothing. Ironman now means nothing.

If there is no specific distance that is an Ironman triathlon… because every race director can just cut the distance shorter in order to make finishing times record breaking… this is the beginning of the end of Ironman as a respectable standard in sport and in business. The precedent now is not only for athletes to course cut, but we have taken another step lower by the event management company itself ‘course cutting’.

Just imagine if we did that in any other sport…

Imagine at the Olympics, it isn’t the 100m event in track & field any longer… organizers cut the distance to 95m to ensure a new world record, to ensure spectators get to see a new WR.

Let’s not stop at the 100m event… the marathon seems a bit long, and what’s the point in a race having to be 26.2 miles… what’s with the 0.2miles? Let’s cut the marathon to an even 25miles… everyone will set personal bests, there will be new records, it will be wonderful. What crap!

Once we start to lower standards, there is no bottom… because there is no justification to put in a bottom at any point. The race is now to the bottom, and with that we devolve, we regress, we revert to animal instincts willing to lie, steal and cheat… grabbing at whatever you can get your hands on ahead of another.

Its one thing when society starts to cheat in order to try and make the standard, its an entirely new level of bottom seeking when society starts to drop standards in order to justify some short term/instant gratification end.

From here… the race now is only to see how far Ironman Corporation will sink, how low will standards fall, how far will it go to destroying everything that Ironman triathlons once were.

With the Ironman brand representing nothing,
the statement “you are an Ironman”… now means nothing.

Have an Ironman tattoo? Well you may want to consider laser removal before the Ironman brand becomes widely known as a symbol of failure, of dishonesty, of a lack of integrity, of a corporation which once had standards and then in pursuit of profits and popularity dropped the one thing it represented… its standard. Ironman is now a gutless, toothless, dying carcasse and its starting to smell like one too.

How did this happen?  How did we end up here?

It always starts small…

It starts with… oh, what’s the big deal… you are making mountains out of molehills… let’s just cut this corner, let’s make it ‘easier’, let’s… drop our standard.

Then, one day, we lift our heads from the hole we have dug wondering how on earth did we ever stray so far from our values, our moral compass, from our standards.

Its not in one day that we fall… its a drip by drip, teeny step by itsy bitsy step that we end up hoping that all the little decisions we made were insignificant that our failure to hold a standard won’t matter, doesn’t matter, hoping that no one was looking, no one will know. We get away with it for a while thinking our master plan is working… we can cheat and get away with it, and then it catches up to us and we are blindsided with the consequences that are snowballing into an avalanche.

It starts small, but it never ends small.

Dishonesty, turns into denial, which becomes delusion, then demise, leading only to death.

What we have done to the sport of triathlon would have been unimagineable to those who stood back in 1978 at the start of what would become the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Hawaii. Ironman gained its reputation from the fact that it raised the standard of what it meant to be an endurance athlete; now Ironman, the race, the brand, the corporation is in the process of self destruction… its disease is terminal because standards were lowered, because lowering the standards was allowed to become an option, it happened because standards became negotiable, even in the slightest amount.

RIP Ironman 1978 – 2018

In the stock market… its called “calling the top” and turning bearish. Not sure if there is an equivalent in sport, but I believe calling the top in Ironman, the race, the brand, the corporation at this point is appropriate. Ironman had its run… and had its opportunity to be the flagbearer, but by eliminating standards, its now time for sport to return to what it is truly about… standards. Its time we return sport to individuals who we can truly call athletes because they decide to devote themselves to raising the standard in sport. Its time for cheaters to be escorted out of competition, and for athletes to retake the field.


In contrast to the disrespect in sport today, here is an article revealing the original intent behind competition, in sport…

Or how about this as a concept… helping your fellow man/woman, that’s right instead of stepping on your competitor when they are down, what about extending them a hand?

The Science Behind How Sportsmanship Helped Desiree Linden Win Boston

Javier Gomez shows class at Challenge Wanaka


Saturday May 12th opened up my Youtube channel homepage and on it was this video…

So lets get this straight… in one Ironman Corporation event, officials refuse to officiate because they claim it would risk posing harm to participants so the outcome is blatant drafting and crashes as per the highway cam gif above, but in another Ironman Corporation event an athlete who qualifies as a result of placing 2nd in his age group for Ironman World Championships in Hawaii is disqualified by an official for indirectly accepting chapstick from his wife (i.e. he pick it up from the ground so as avoid direct outside help). No standards…