“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
It took six years for me, and over ten Ironman races to qualify for my first Kona.
Countless training hours. Ups and downs. Starts and stops.
It was an exhausting — and expensive — process of trial and error with a massive survivorship bias. I knew I could do it. It wasn’t really a question of when.
It was a question of would I last long enough to make it?
The Problem of Being Solo
At the time I thought I needed more equipment. More time. Less weight.
Left to my own devices, I made crazy and dumb decisions. Some of which I barely overcame.
Training was more rolling the dice than it was about a plan or making progress.
What make the difference for me in 2007 to qualify for my first race?
We had started the foundations of the Endurance Nation community in 2006 and I was no longer training alone. I had a Team on my side.
Do any of these problems sound familiar?
You set stretch goals and struggle to reach them.
Your early motivation fades across the year, the closer your key races get?
You continue to have similar setbacks across different events and distances?
Looking internally for an answer, or hiring a coach isn’t the answer. You need a Team.
The Six Laws of The Power of Community
1. Collective wisdom.
No one person ever has all of the answers. But collectively we have learned countless lessons. This combined experience works to every individual’s advantage, enabling you to put your development on the fast track.
2. Pushing your limits.
When working alone, it’s too easy to give up when things get hard. Surrounding yourself with others working toward a similar goal or objective will give you motivation, support, and friendly competition to push yourself just a bit further than you would have done on your own. This is the foundation of the Endurance Nation experience that we build every season.
3. Support and belief.
Some days those big goals just seem impossible. On those days when you most want to give up, you need to lean on your community the most. They believe in you—sometimes more than you believe in yourself.
4. New ideas.
There’s an art and science to endurance for sure. But there is also timing and access to information. The combination of different experiences and perspectives, focused on a similar goal, means that we all approach the exact same problem slightly differently. This is an insanely powerful advantage.
5. Collective motivation.
Sometimes getting better isn’t what you can do, but how you help others do. Being part of a Team gives you the opportunity to learn by teaching and leading when you are called to do so. Look around your community to inspire and to be inspired!
Even if you are highly self-motivated, you are leaving something on the table walking your own path. There’s nothing like having to be accountable to others to up your endurance game.
When you are ready to make that leap to the next level, we are ready to help!
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