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Six Business Lessons Rescued from the Ironman Swim
Six Business Lessons Rescued from the Ironman Swim
Imagine yourself  standing on a beach at 6:55am.  The cool dawn envelopes your senses and the damp sand to which your toes clutch feels like your only shelter.  You are wearing a wetsuit, goggles and a swim cap, and though you are sharing your experience with about 2000 others, little comfort is to be found in their camaraderie.  Over the next 5 minutes your heart will settle higher and more squarely in the back of your throat until a cannon blast will signal the start of your journey, a "race" beginning with a swim of 2.4 miles, followed by a bike ride of 112 miles and a 26.2 mile run. 
Welcome to the swim portion of the Ironman triathlon (IM).  Between 2001 and 2012, I raced 14 of these events, becoming accomplished enough in that time to qualify for and compete on three occasions in the world championship event held in Kona, Hawaii, each October --- the one you see on TV with all the inspiring human interest stories.  While I lived the life of an amateur triathlete, I began to recognize that the swim portion of the event, which strikes fear equally in the ... more

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