Thanks to the Reader, Alcohol-Free January, 2017 Goal Setting

Here We Go

Our Alcohol-Free January has begun.  For many of you this will be no
problem.  But if last year is any guide, there are a few of us who are a
little better friends with Jack Daniels than we may have realized.  To you
my hat's off.  Know we're with you!

Selling Absence

How many calories are in a hamburger?  That's a question two marketing
professors at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
asked participants in a study published in 2010. They also asked the
number of calories in that same burger when it came with a salad.
Stunningly, study participants guessed the combination of the burger and
the salad contained fewer calories than the burger alone.
What the chuck?  How could this be?  It's true of course  (This comes from 
fascinating book Devoured by Sophie Egan subtitled "From chicken wings 
to kale smoothies- how we eat defines who we are."  A pretty good read for

Goal Setting 2017, Thanks Again to the Readers

When I buy cookies, I eat just 4 and then throw the rest away.  But first I spray them with Raid so I won't dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful though because Raid really doesn't taste all that bad.        Janette Barber

The most advanced SAFETY FEATURE this car has is THE DRIVER standing next to it. 

Thanks to you, the readers, from this author.

First, I want to thank all of you who:
A) Sent me positive feedback on my pieces on during Ironman Championship week in Kona,The Athlete Profiles like or were fun to do and even though I wasn't competing, it makes each of us a part of the race. I very much agree that it captures the feeling, the wonder, the absolute joy you experience at this terrific event.

B) Commented on the piece I was privileged to write for,

C) followed me on Twitter as I'm over 1530 now.

D) took the time out of your busy lives to read this blog.  I'm at 17-20,000 hits per month and growing steadily thanks to you.  Who says a blog can't be fun?

Ironman support from your kids.  Can anything be better? Nope.

Below is a piece by motivational speaker Jim Rohn.  It's particularly well suited to the triathlete as he/she is reflecting on 2016 and planning the upcoming year.

What goals did you set at the start of this year? Have you accomplished them? Personal development legend Jim Rohn says it's ok if you haven't yet achieved your goals. The more important question to ask is if you've started.

“The real value in setting goals is not in their achievement. The acquisition of the things you want is strictly secondary. The major reason for setting goals is to compel you to become the person it takes to achieve them,” Rohn says. Say you want to be a millionaire. The greatest value to becoming one is actually not the million dollars. (Seriously!) “The greatest value is in the skills, knowledge, discipline and leadership qualities you’ll develop in reaching that elevated status,” Rohn says.

"Answer this question: What kind of person will you have to become to get all you want?

Write down the kinds of skills you’ll need to develop and the knowledge you’ll need to gain. Your answers might give you some new goals for your personal development. Work on your goals. Your ability will grow to match your dreams. This is the magic of goal setting. The more you work on your goals, the more new opportunities will present themselves to you,” Rohn says.

You can make big changes in your life. “You can make startling changes you can’t even conceive of right now, if you just give yourself half a chance.”

Sounds good doesn't it?


I think as triathletes, this is what we do as we prepare for the upcoming season.

Here's wishing you racing and training success, hopefully smart and injury free, in 2017.

Hope you never see the inside of this tent in 2017

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