TED: Great leaders

I love watching TED videos and once in a while there are awesome new talks available like this one from Simon Sinek: “Why good leaders make you feel safe”.

He emphasizes how leaders can create an awesome organization in which people can thrive. Love the example at the end of the video how a great leader refused to lay of people instead found another solution for it.

First Triathlon – Preparation

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After almost haft a year of preparation it was time to participate in my first triathlon and what an awesome experience but let’s recap from where this all started …

Last year in November I thought about doing my first triathlon and this is where I stood: I could only swim the crawl for 25 meters, I have never set on a racing bike and I was injured on my left and right ankle so for over three month I din’t run. Great! ;)

But then things picked up … Beside a core muscle training once per week I started to swim twice per week and after a few weeks the first success was to crawl for 5 then 8 and end of December for 60 lanes (each lane was 25 meters) and in February 2014 I mastered even the 152 lanes which was part of my dream plan for 2014. So swimming wise I was on track. Still very slow but with the confidence to conquer the distance.

End of February it was time to participate in my first trainings camp in Malaga and after one week and more than 300km on a racing bike I felt that this is going to become a great sport for me even though my body needs much more race bike training. One trainings camp more (in Porec, Croatia) the confidence and fun for cycling grew further.

And for the running part I started in January with very very slow but long runs and the pain in my ankles was gone. And as I love running this was a good sign.

And now it is the 10th of May 2014 and only one day left for my first triathlon ever, how exciting! All my gear for the racing day is prepared … story to be continued …

 

Triathlon Camp in Poreč

April comes and so does my first Triathlon trainings camp. How exciting, after my first cycle camp in Málaga it was now time to put all three triathlon parts (swimming, cycling and running) together for my first upcoming triathlons in May, June and July 2014.

Together with the two awesome coaches Sabine and Wolfgang from ESV Ringsee Ingolstadt, Natalie and Karin we had one week of training in Northern Croatia in the small beautiful coastal town Poreč.

Training conditions were very good: Sunny weather, Plenty of good food, hilly surroundings for our cycle tours, great running track on the coastline and a salt water pool.

Here some impressions:

Cycling in Malaga

Thumb up for the great nature and track :)

Long time no update from my site and thus a short flash back to February when I went to my first ever trainings camp to Spain to learn Cycling on a race bike. Together with some experienced cycling mates I was on my way to southern Spain, Malaga.

We arrived there end of February and for one week the hills around Malaga were our training grounds. Especially one hill which went up from 0 to 965m was twice part of our course. Amazing to cycle over 1 hour only up a hill, great fun.

The weather was already nice with up to 25°C just the gusty wind was a bit disturbing. So let’s tell you about our regular day, which looked almost every day like that:

Wake up at 7:45

Have breakfast at 8:00

Get ready for the cycling day till 11:00

Cycle for 3 to 6 hours

Take a nap … long nap :)

Go for dinner at around 19:00

Go to sleep at around 22:30

And here some impressions from our trip. Thanks Jochen, Daniel, Andreas and Tomasz who joined in this trainings camp and helped me to cope with a new sport. Result: I love race cycling :)

How to master any skill

Traveling around the world for me is about meeting awesome and inspiring people in interesting places AND to learn new skills.

Recently I stumbled on this article in which a great approach from Tim Ferriss was explained.

In the last three month it was swimming for me. I started out with 1 lane of crawling and then I was already exhausted. The goal was 152 lanes. And now after less than 3 month I can crawl those 152 lans. How is this possible?

First of all I had a written Dreamplan to help me focusing on the goal. Second I tried to deconstruct the task into small pieces. And then after weeks and weeks of practicing the small pieces, I was finally putting it all together and it worked! Breathing was not a problem anymore and swimming felt almost like running for me and I can now meditate while swimming. It’s brilliant and now I love swimming!!!

So what is it, that you always wanted to learn?

Give it a try and learn something you always wanted to achieve!

Here the Video from Tim Ferriss:

How to make your inner weaker self your friend

I just returned from a run in snow and rain and was surprised how happy this made me feel. You should probably know one more thing: I don’t like cold weather, I love the beach and the sun … but snow and rain with 0°C … bbbrrr no way!

Somehow I still enjoyed that. And I had the same experience one month ago when I actually started to enjoy swimming in the pool and I was somehow in a flow while doing this.

2 month ago I hated free style swimming and didn’t see the point in doing it, beside becoming fit for my first triathlon coming up in May 2014. So I was thinking: “How come I enjoy something where my inner weaker self was so strong a month ago?”

And then I found a wonderful article at: http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/11/how-to-beat-procrastination.html

with a wonderful picture (Source Waitbutwhy.com) which explained it perfectly for me.

Dark woods

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In the beginning I was in the dark woods and my freestyle swimming was very limited and I didn’t enjoy it … But once I could handle to swim for 40+ laps I appreciated it so much and I was even getting into the flow :)

Thanks guys at waitbutwhy.com for this great illustration and explanation! Awesome :)

Where is your inner weaker self so strong that you are still in the dark woods?

How to make your Dreamplan work

Ever thought about making your New Years Resolutions work? Well I have some ingredients for you to achieve your dreams. At least those are the ingredients I use already successfully for the last couple of years to attain my dreams:

(1) Write your dreams on paper

This helps me to vizualize my dream. As we all get distracted once in a while this is a great reminder to look at the goals we dream about to achieve 

(2) The dreams should be SMART

Setting up tangible dreams which are archivable given my current situation is the second key to achieve them

Specific: Be as specific as possible about your dream! 

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152

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You might wonder why the number 152 is so interesting for me …

… a couple of years ago I started to write my dream plan for the next 6 or 12 month (Thanks to the book: “The 4 hour work week” from Tim Ferriss). I can highly recommend this book and if it is only for creating your dream plan :)

In general at least 80% of those dream goals are archived which I’m total happy with. This year one of the things I haven’t archived is to crawl continuously for 1km. So a couple of weeks ago I finally started my training and there is some progress but the 40 laps on a 25m lane seems still far away. But there is one more month to go ;)

So last Sunday I went into the swimming pool and started to swim “breast stroke” style … 20 lanes … 30 … 40 (ok at least in this style the 1km is possible) … 70 … 80 (oh double the 1km is working as well) … 120 (3km … mmmhhh maybe I should aim for a bit more) … 130…  140 … 152!!!

Wow 152 lanes this is 3.8km and the distance of swimming for an Ironman. Never biked 180km or run a full marathon (which are the other two distances in an Ironman) but at least the swimming part on it’s own is doable. So for me the lessons learned is that when you have a goal which seems achievable work hard and try to go for it, especially when it is on your dream list! :)

PS: And if someone is reading this who can teach me Front Quadrant Swimming, let me know! I’m eager to learn it :)

Top 3 things I have learned

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Recently I had a talk with a very good friend of mine and he asked me an amazing question

 What are the top 3 things you have learned on your trip?

We were talking on the phone and so I was ready to argue myself out of this question with telling him: “This is a tough question, let me think about it for a day” but he said: “NO! Trust your guts and come up with three things!”

So here they are my top 3 things I learned on my 6 month around the world trip:

I love this question so much and believe it’s great to ask this question once in a while to yourself or to your friends.

Personal Mission

Have you ever thought about your personal mission here on earth? I was reading an inspiring book while traveling (actually a funny story on it’s own how this book came into m life …) and this was one of the questions:

What is YOUR personal Mission?

So what is your mission? Looking forward your comments :) After some thoughts here is my version:

My personal mission is to inspire and support others in positive ways so they can make a positive change in their lives. To accomplish this personal mission on a regular base I …

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