He’s truly made it.
Not many people make the transition from average to champion. I was along for the ride.
In October of 2004, Justin came out to Hawaii for a camp that we were hosting. He had a big week of training and finished third in his age group in Kona. I didn’t know it at the time but October 2004 marked the high-water mark of my athletic career.
After Justin became really good, he put in another 10,000 hours to become great. It’s the profile of a clean athlete, many years of plugging away. No quantum leaps.
I like to focus athletes on 1,000 days of effort. After 1,000 days, of racing pro Justin was going far faster but didn’t have a whole lot to show for his efforts. He was a long way off the top athletes and, like me, only competitive over long distances.
The link in the paragraph above shows J’s results. He was speedy for a long time. Thing is, everyone else at his level is speedy too! Eight years of consistent sub-9 Ironman times. That’s really fast, for a very long time.
How do I measure my return on investment?
…is a question we should ask
…especially about time we will spend
As a champion, expectations and self-image change. My champion pals, closer to my age, experience pain with the inevitable transitions that life brings. Whenever that transition happens, I hope Justin keeps what’s best from the last decade.
- He was willing to inconvenience himself to do the right thing.
- He persisted in the face of evidence that he might not make it – a good lesson for me to re-learn!
- He never mentioned the slings and arrows that were tossed at him. Justin’s non-response made me a better person.
These are the good old days.
Remember to enjoy them!