Monday, February 1, 2016


Live Free or Die

by Gordo Byrn

One of my earliest mentors warned me about the dangers of being a one-legged stool -- the three legs being work-family-self. It's very unfashionable to talk about family/self in certain financial firms and the other partners joked that he'd been listening to his life coach too much.

Divorce, burn out, injury, illness... all stem from imbalances in our lives and, ironically, often flow from the commitment necessary to be externally successful.

As an athlete, perhaps your stool is built on... Sport, Friends, Finances.
As a parent, perhaps your stool is built on... Kids, Marriage, Self.

Biomechanical Fitness

So, it’s the New Year and you thought it would be wonderful to get it started with the “100 runs in 100 days challenge”. Sounds like a great idea to begin the season with a bang by establishing that super run base. But how do you avoid the common scenario of breaking out as the Chinese New Year super-stud and end up as the subsequent Easter train wreck?

You have to establish your biomechanical fitness. Biomechanical fitness, you might say? Biomechanical fitness is the ability of your musculoskeletal system (bones, tendons, muscles) to withstand the demands of increased training load and stress. But why is this any different than regular fitness? That, my friend, is the crux of the problem and the source of so many early spring aches and pains that derail or delay your training goals.

The Journey of JD - Part I

In May of 2001 I finished my first Ironman (California) in 12:55:03. I swam 1:20:34, biked 6:25:24, and barely broke five hours on the marathon running 4:59:58. In November of 2007 I finished Ironman Florida in 8:40:25. I swam 55:27, biked 4:41:12, and broke three hours on the marathon running 2:59:51. As I look back on the past seven years, I essentially think of my progression occurring in two separate blocks: the jump from 12:55 to 9:20 and the jump from 9:20 to 8:40. Both were considerably challenging, but the approaches were different. In this first installment I will cover what it took for me to make the first move.

The Journey of JD - Part II

In Part One I discussed my 30-month progression from a 12:55 Ironman finishing time to a 9:20 finishing time. In this edition I will cover the move from 9:20 to 8:40 which took four years to accomplish.