The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-472 – Brock on the Hilarity of Triathlons

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Chris’ other show à https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-472 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

I was struggling to put content together for the show and I was thinking about taking a couple weeks off.  But, I rallied! I have more going on than ever but, as you know, it’s not about how much you have going on, it’s how excited you are about what’s going on. 

Which dovetails nicely with our guest today, Brock, who is one of those lovable accidental athletes that circle our galaxy of endurance sports.  We talk about all the funny things around triathlon and such – he’s got a book about you and you can find the links in the show notes.  Brock would be an excellent person to go on a long run with. 

In section one I’ll talk about how to stay warm in the cold weather and in section two I’ll talk about bioluminescent jellyfish… Just kidding…wanted to see if you were paying attention…I’m going to ponder awareness, which is a lot like a bioluminescent jellyfish. 

Why am I so happy this week?  I’m having a good week!

My running is going well.  I signed up for a race – more on that in the outro. 

And I got a new job.

Yeah, I know, I didn’t even want a new job, but I got noticed and promoted.  Which is cool.  I’m excited about it. 

The universe provides.

Let me tell you my ice-skating story from last weekend. 

Here in New England we got those once-in-a-decade conditions for perfect ice skating on the ponds last weekend.  It was beautiful, cold and sunny.  Perfect pond skating weather. 

Ice hockey was my sport growing up.  I started playing when I was like 5 years old.  I didn’t play after getting highs school.  I wasn’t good enough to compete at that level.  I good skater and could go forever, but didn’t have the eyes or the speed to take it to the next level. 

Anyway, always loved skating.  It’s like flying.  I played in pickup leagues all through my 20’s. 

Then I started training and didn’t really have room for hockey or skating.  Especially this time of year where it would overlap with my training for Boston. 

But last weekend I said, “Hey, it’s a perfect day and I have no reason not to go skate.”  So I dug out my old hockey skates, my old stick and a puck from the freezer, (because that’s where you keep pucks) and went down to the pond.

Frankly I was a bit frightened.  It’s probably been a decade since I went ice skating.  And I’m no spring chicken.  And with the buggered knee and all…But, it was exciting too, like a first date.

These hockey skates of mine were a brand called Microns which were all the rage in the early 90’s because they had a one-piece plastic boot, like a ski-boot, that was lighter than the traditional two-piece leather skates. 

I got the first one on ok, but when I went to put the second one on it literally exploded.  The plastic had, what’s the right word, degraded?, rotted?, decomposed? Lost structural integrity? Ceased to be?

So there I am sad a skate-less.  I sulked home.  My wife looked at me and said, “So buy another pair of skates.” Like I’m an idiot. 

I called the local sporty goods place and they had a pair in my size.  I went down there and bought them! They were only $130, which seemed very reasonable to me.  But for some reason hockey sticks now cost $240, which seems a bit alternate universe to me.  That’s OK – I have some sticks. 

I went back down to the pond and laced up. 

And you know what?  It’s like riding a bike! Once I warmed up I was skating around like a maniac, stickhandling like a peewee around the pond.  I even joined some high-school kids for a game of pickup hockey.  I was probably out for over 2 hours. 

Of course, my ankles aren’t the strongest and my balance isn’t great but I WAS SKATING!  AND IT WAS LIKE FLYING!

Yes my long run the next day was a bit traumatic and I pulled a muscle in my ass but it was well worth it!

So, my friends, I am filled with joy and gratitude for that. 

And you should look for ways to fill yourselves with Joy and gratitude. 

We talked about this.  A gratitude practice re-wires your brain to look for things to be grateful about. 

Here’s a pro gratitude tip. 

Create gratitude triggers in your day.  It can be as simple as putting a sticky note somewhere to remind you to be grateful.  Or specific events that are your cue to be grateful.  I decided that every time Ollie comes up to my office to check on me, I’ll stop and be grateful for a moment. 

What can you devise as a gratitude trigger?

On with the show.

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

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I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

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Voices of reason – the conversation

Brock Gibbs

Brock Gibbs – My co-workers think I’m a Pro

Brock Gibbs

Age 53

High School Physical Education Teacher

Beloeil, Quebec, Canada

All World Triathlete

Member of MX Endurance Racing Triathlon Team

Author of "My Coworkers Think I'm A Pro"

 

www.instagram.com/gibbs.brock/

www.thehacktriathlonblog.ca

 

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Outro

Ok my friends we swim, bike, runned  to the end of episode 4-472 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  And it has been hilarious.

Yes, my training has been going well.  I knocked out a 15 mile run last Sunday using the run-walk method and I’m feeling strong even though my mileage and intensity is very low.  The knee is hanging in there and it’s not getting worse.

Since we seem to be getting back on plan I figured I should sign up for a target race.  So I did. I signed up for the Flying Pig Marathon in May.  My A goal in to get to the starting line.  My next A goal would be to run a sub-4:15, which sounds pretty slow, but remember where I’m coming from. 

Looks like I can hit that pace with a 90 second run and 30 second walk cadence. 

This whole run-walk thing is an interesting experiment.  A lot of times I end up running them like intervals.  Just blasting out the run part and then recovering in the walk.  Which is good training for speed, but doesn’t’ build as much endurance because your heartrate is too high. 

What I’ve found is that if I run a 60/30 cadence I can keep my heartrate in zone 2, on average.  It goes up into high zone 2, low zone 3 in the run then drops back down into high zone 1, low zone 2 in the walk. 

In the 90/30 cadence my HR goes a lot higher and doesn’t recover as well.  We’ll keep playing with it until the knee is healed.  I’ll just say I’m grateful to be running and I’ll take what is given. 

Yeah, so, anyhow I always wanted to run the Flying Pig in Cincinnati.  It’s one of the old classic marathons.  But, it always conflicted with Boston.  Now, it doesn’t. 

I’m guessing Cincinnati is named after the Roman statesman Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.  Cincinnatus was a roman consul in in the mid-400’s BC, back before Rome was an empire.  He is often held up as a paragon of virtue, an example for statesmen to follow.

The story is that he was working on his farm when Rome was facing a ware.  The citizens called on him and made him a dictator.  Meaning they gave him absolute power to execute the war.  Which he did.  When he won the war he gave up the power and returned to his farm. 

That’s the virtuous part. 

So, yeah, Cincinnati… If you want to join me I’d love the company.

Ollie Wollie the killer Collie is doing well.  We had several disagreements this week. One around whether the wood I bring in for the fire is a toy.  Another around who gets possession of dropped food.  And another on who get to sleep with my wife. 

I kind of feel like I need one of those boards they have in factories where it says “2 Days without a accident”, Mine would say “2 Days without a biting”

You know I like science fiction.  I watch a lot of SciFi movies and shows.  And you ever notice that some of these shows and movies have ridiculous premises and cheesy special effects, but somehow, sometimes, it works. 

Why?

It’s the actors’ ability to sell it.  It’s their ability to forget that they are in some ridiculous rubber outfit.  It’s their ability to believe what they are doing. 

And by believing in it they make it work.

Life is like that. 

It’s all ridiculous. 

But by believing in it, we make it work.

That’s all you have to do.  Believe. 

And I’ll see you out there.

 

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast Episode 4-471 – Cody Walks the USA Part Two

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MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

Chris’ other show à https://shows.acast.com/after-the-apocalypse

Intro:

Hello my friends and welcome to episode 4-471 of the RunRunLive Podcast. 

Good morning.  It’s Monday Morning the 17th of January.  Today is Martin Luther Kings Jr. Day here in the states. 

We are having a storm over New England today.  It started snowing after midnight last night and changed over to a heavy rain just around sunrise. 

I got up and did my best to clear the driveway before it got too wet.   In a storm like this where it snows then rains the conditions for snow removal get pretty dicey.  The rain turns the snow to slush and it’s hard to move. It chokes the snow blower and gets very heavy. 

Then, even worse, if you don’t move it and it freezes it becomes solid ice.  And it’s going to stay there until spring.  But I got most of it up, which is good because now the rain will helpfully wash the remnants I missed away.

In our neck of the woods it’s known as Heart-attack snow.  Because it gets so heavy that when people try to shovel it they keel over.  For people like me with a strong heart it’s more appropriately chiropractor snow.  Because when you go to throw a shovel full of that slush you’re more than likely going to hurt your back. 

Now it’s just pouring rain and windy.  Glad I don’t have a run on the calendar for today. 

The running is going well. I did a test mile yesterday, which was another interesting weather day.  It was minus 1 degrees Fahrenheit when I got up.  It was about 6 degrees when I got to the rail trail. 

The temperature was cold, but it was windless and sunny.  It was not a bad day to run. 

I found out from my Buddy Tim who lives by the rail trail that they had plowed a section and it was dry and clear.  Which was perfect for the workout I had. 

It was a one mile warm up.  A test mile.  And a three-mile cool down.  You’re supposed to do these workouts on the track, but the track is under a layer of snow and ice so that isn’t going to happen. 

It was hard to warm up with the temperature.  I hit the test mile and felt pretty strong for the first 1/2.  The last ½ was a struggle.  Looking at the data, I can see my pace drop and my HR max out in that second half.  So I still have some work to do with my fitness. 

That being said, it was 30 seconds or so faster than when I ran it on the track in December.  It’s a good measuring stick.   Now I know I need to work on aerobic fitness and pacing.

I’m only running 15 – 20 miles a week, 2-3 times a week so I’m happy to be where I am at all.  The knee is hanging in there. It is just about 11 months since the injury popped up. 

The holidays were good.  I took a week off, but caught a cold from my mother, so I spent most of it lying around.  It might be the time of year, but I find my energy level very low right now. 

Now that we’re back to work I’m incredibly busy and struggling to keep my head on straight. 

Today we are going to catch up with Cody O’Connor who is still walking across the country.  Very interesting conversation. My normal editor Dimitry from Moscow was busy, so Carlos the Jackal di the edit on this one.  Thank you Carlos. 

In section one I’ll talk some more about how to begin a fitness practice as part of my beginner series. 

In section two I’ll talk to Sigmond Freud about how I feel about not running Boston this year.

I’ve signed up for the Calm meditation app and have been working my way through some of those.  The ones I’ve been doing are more instructional.  They talk about a topic and how to approach it in your meditation. 

One I was listening to this week talked about how when you have pain in your life your need to accept the pain, not fight it.  Because, when you fight it, you give it energy.  The key is to accept it.  Then it loses its ability to hurt you.

The other thing is not letting thoughts of the past or the future give you stress.  To return to the now, because that’s the state you can control. 

It reminded me of the racing advice I’ve always given you.  When things get hard relax into the pain.  Be present where you are and focus on relaxing into the stress. 

In this way you defang the pain and allow your best self to compete.

Try that.

On with the show.

 

 

 

 

About Zero

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action.

Link to my ZERO page: (for Donations)

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I’ll remind you that the RunRunLive podcast is ad free and listener supported.  What does that mean? It means you don’t have to listen to me trying to sound sincere about Stamps.com or Audible.. (although, fyi, my MarathonBQ book is on audible) We do have a membership option where you can become a member and as a special thank you, you will get access to member’s only audio. There are book reviews, odd philosophical thoughts, zombie stories and I curate old episodes for you to listen to.  I recently added that guy who cut off is foot so he could keep training and my first call with Geoff Galloway.   “Curated” means I add some introductory comments and edit them up a bit.  So anyhow – become a member so I can keep paying my bills.

 

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Voices of reason – the conversation

Cody O'Connor – Cody Runs the USA for Cancer Families

https://www.championsdoovercome.org/

https://www.instagram.com/overcomerteam

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cancer-survivor-cody-oconnor-announces-walk-for-hope-to-raise-money-for-pediatric-cancer-patients--their-families-301282140.html

 

Cody O'Connor

My name is Cody O'Connor and after defeating cancer, losing my right fibula and being told I’d never walk normally again- I am embarking on the quest to walk across the USA. When fighting, I saw how my temporary illness was impacting my family. Seeing the struggles they faced I created Champions Do Overcome, a 501(c)3 non profit organization. CDO, supports families through paying monthly bills, providing food/gas, etc. which reduces stress on the family, and ensures no child is left to fight the beast alone. All of this to spread hope to all that need it coast to coast, and change the outcome for children battling pediatric cancer.

Please follow our journey @overcomerteam on Instagram.

Please consider donating to our cause at:

Fundraiser by Cody O'Connor : Walk For Hope - Cross USA Walk For Cancer Relief (gofundme.com)

 

Companies Involved:

Kroger & affiliates,  Infinit Nutrition, Altra Running, MyMedic, Dude Wipes, MyFanThreads, Groov App, GermX, Sacan Martial Arts, Feedback Audiology Solutions & Consulting

Influencers Involved:

 

Rich Franklin (UFC Hall of Famer), Ben Higgins (Bachelor Star Season 20), Ashley I and Jared Haibon (Bachelor in Paradise), Harvey Lewis (Team USA 24 Hr. Run Team), and Pete Kostelnick (Record for running across USA)

 

Section two – Turning difficult work situations to your advantage - http://runrunlive.com/dealing-with-difficult-people-and-situations-at-work

 

Outro

 

Ok my friends we have walked across ½ of the US of A to the end of episode 4-471 of the RunRunLive Podcast.  Nothing left but a small mountain range between us and the Pacific.  

After the holidays I’m back on my diet.  I had ballooned up to well over 190 pounds by laying about and drinking beer.  I’m making progress.  The first 10 are easy. 

I’m using MyFitnessPal to track my food.  It’s as good as any and I’ve got data in there going back a few years.  Looking at the data I’ve held the line for the most part around 180 or less for the last few years.   There was a point I dipped under 170. 

I’m more about eating healthy than losing weigh per se, but having the data somehow gives me confidence.  If you’re interested I can tell you what I’m doing, but it’s basically cutting back calories and eating clean.  Mostly it’s not drinking beer. 

Ollie Wolly the killer Collie is having a hard time with the weather.  I can’t get him out as much as I want.  I’m doing all of my running on the roads and I don’t want him to get hurt. 

We just got through another round of training.  He’s getting quite good on the leash.  I wish I had more time to practice with him.  Off the leash he’s still a feral terror-dog.   We average about once a week having a disagreement where he ends up biting me. 

I bought a new pair of shoes.  I actually bought two pair.  I haven’t been running so I haven’t needed new shoes.  First I ordered a pair of Hoka Mach 4, because I likes the way they looked, but when I ran in them I didn’t like the feel at all.  So I exchanged them for a pair of Cliftons. 

I really liked the old Cliftons , but the recent versions haven’t been as good.  These new ones are the Clifton 8’s.  I really like them.  They are light and responsive. 

I’ll let you guy get on with your lives.  Sorry for being late.  I’ve got a lot on my plate. 

And don’t worry about the weather,

grey skies are going to clear up,

So, Put on a happy face,

And

I’ll see you out there.

 

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MarathonBQ – How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon in 14 Weeks - http://www.marathonbq.com/qualify-for-the-boston-marathon-in-14-weeks/

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http://runrunlive.com/my-books

Rachel -> http://www.nextlevelnutrition.fitness/contact-appointment/

Coach Jeff -> https://dailyfitbook.com/

 

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The RunRunLive 4.0 Podcast New Year 2022 Episode

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RunRunLive New Year 2022

Welcome my friends to the new year. 

NewYear2022

There will be no net-new episode this week for several reasons.  In no particular order, first, it was the holidays for me, second, I was on vacation this week from work, third I had a cold… I could go on making up rationalizations like a crazy man listing alternate realities on the street corner of a dirty industrial zone – but I’ll leave it there. 

The biggest reason we are not doing a ‘regular’ show is that I didn’t find anyone to talk to.

Instead, today, I’m going to catch you up on my training and give you some frameworks to think about for your beginning of year retrenchment.

On the training front, I’ve continued to increase my mileage and the knee feels good. I do notice a couple little twinges still, when I’m toeing off on uphills, but nothing crazy. 

I’m slow, unfit and heavy – but had a good week of training and feel very confident about the future.  Been getting some solid runs in and lots of cross training. 

I’ve been following a Galloway based plan that is 3 runs a week.  My long run last weekend was 11.5 miles. 

It’s funny how all training plans converge. 

Meaning the elements of this plan are the same as any other plan when you look at it from the building block perspective.  One day is basically speed work.  The other day is basically tempo and the third day is the long run. 

In between days are cross training.  Some pool running, some biking, some swimming and some walking.

The Galloway part of the plan is taking walk breaks.  That’s the difference and we’ve talked about that before. 

The actual plan structure is the same as most marathon training plans that are based on a weekly cadence.  Speed, Tempo, Long and cross training to build base. 

It’s a 2-week macro-cycle.  Meaning the long run gets longer every other week.  Long week, fall back week. 

This every-other-week macro-cycle is designed to give you the most recovery possible. The whole plan is about recovery.  It’s about gaining mileage without stress. 

The 4 days that you aren’t running are supposed to be cross training.  The plan isn’t all that prescriptive about cross training.  You can bike, walk, swim or any other type of light cardio.  It really likes pool-running as a cross training workout.  Pool running gives you many of the benefits of running without stress. 

Why am I training this way?  Because I’m coming off a long stress injury in the left knee.  This is allowing me to train and heal at the same time. 

My goal in this training cycle is not a time or distance goal.  My goal is to get to the starting line healthy. 

Since it’s a Galloway-based plan, we have to talk about running and walking.  

I started out with the bare minimum of running because I was frankly terrified of how my knee would respond. That bare minimum is a 30 second run then a 30 second walk.  

Let me tell you, my friends, if you think you are at rock bottom and are afraid to start your running practice, the 30/30 is the way to go.  You cannot get hurt, you cannot get tired, you can’t get sore running a 30/30. 

From there I have started to judiciously increase the run segments.  Last week I ran my long run at a 60/30cadence.  This week I’ve been using a 90/30 cadence.  

The difference is, well, besides the obvious, that it allows you to work your pace a bit better with the longer run intervals.  It allows your heart rate to come up into the higher zones.  And it significantly lowers your pace per mile. 

I’m going to keep pushing that cadence as I progress through the training cycle to see if I ca get to something like a 240/30 which would be 4 minutes of running with a 30 second walk break.  Based on my calculations, believe it or not, that would make a sub-4-hour marathon possible. 

I also ran a test mile at the track a couple weeks back.  I think I came in right around an 8-minute mile.  I can work with that.  As I change age groups this year, I only need a 3:50 marathon to requalify.  Which is an 8:45 minutes per mile. 

If I add this data to the flashes of competence that I get in my workouts – I’m feeling quite positive that I’ll be able to do something good with my fitness in this next season. 

The world is my oyster.

And what the hell does that mean?  Well, my friends, we have our old friend Billy Shakespeare to thank for that one.  It’s dialogue in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. 

“The world is mine oyster and I shall open it with my sword.”

But, the modern usage is that when you have a nice fresh oyster, you can open it up and maybe there’s a pearl in there?

So – ‘the world’s your oyster’ simply means it’s like an unopened gift, full of potential, waiting to be found. 

Speaking of Boston, I’m going to skip the race this year.  I’m out of qualification.  I’d have to commit to an $8-10k charity raise for a waver bib.  I don’t want to do that.  I’ve got enough going on that I choose not to add a full-time fund-raising job to my life. 

But, also, I need a change. 

I think it’s a mentally healthy decision to take a break. 

Instead, I’m going to take this training cycle and run a travel race somewhere.

I’ve been taking Ollie out on these runs with me.  He’s still a nut-job.  I have to keep him on the leash and it’s work in progress.  I’d like to think he’s getting better, but I it’s more likely he’s just waiting for me to get exhausted and give up. 

We went out and did a slow 5.5 miler with my old running buddies this morning in the rain and the knee still feels good. 

Now that we’re out of the holidays and looking at a new year I feel positive.  Positive that there is lots of opportunity for learning and growth and adventure in this new year. 

This new year is my oyster. 

Now let’s talk about planning this next year coming up. 

I’m purposely not using the words ‘goals’ or ‘resolutions’ because those topics have been done to death. They have ceased to be a topic and have turned into more of a meme of sorts.

I do think the new year is a great time to reassess, maybe readjust, and maybe, even change direction.  Because you have that built in down time and introspection, with maybe a sweet dose of family and spirituality tossed in that breaks your work-a-day pattern and allows a free peep outside your box.

I’m not going to be proscriptive.  I’m going to give you some things to think about.  Some ammunition, some fodder or some raw materials – the kindling of thought as you build your beacon fire on the shores of your future.

First, this is no normal end of year change over.  This is a unique situations where we are all a bit emotionally and psychologically whiplashed by the pandemic.  We thought we were at the end of it and things were getting better, but WHOMP! – we’re back in the think of plague days again.

What this does to you psychologically is to create a gap in expectations.  And not just for you, but for everybody, so you get this cultural shockwave, this existential ‘oh shit here we go again’, just as people were beginning to stretch out and breathe again. 

For the introverted among us this will cause you to want to hide. Your reaction will be to crawl under the covers and wrap the pillow around your head.  For the action-oriented among us this is going to cause your flight or flight to get kicked into high gear. 

In all cases, when you mix this psychological stewyness with your new year planning you might overcorrect.   Be careful to think hard about whether you are making the change that is right for you or if, like the rest of us, you are making decisions and plans based on the current state of weirdness we’re all in. 

Ask yourself a simple question: “If there was not pandemic would I be making the same decisions?”  Again, I’m not saying you’re wrong.  I’m asking you to think.  To consider.  To not let current state overwhelm future state. 

The second question I’ve advised people to ask during these planning processes is “Are you doing this because you think you should?”  Meaning, is this really your decision?  Or are you taking actions based on what other people think is the right thing to do? 

What’s an example?  For instance, you may be looking at a new job because the experts say it is the next step in your career path.  But who are they to tell you what is your career path?  I see people stuck in patterns where they go along to the next thing because that’s what they are ‘supposed to do’. 

Along with this, making sure it’s your idea and not someone else’s is the concept of removing the ‘either-or’ facet from the decision.  Decisions get wrapped in stress because we see them as ‘either-or’ decisions.  There really are no either-or decisions.  All choices are good choices, and you are choosing one among many. 

The reason I bring this up is because people burn so much energy trying to find the perfect solution.  You can take that energy and re-task it to make any of your potential decisions a good one.   Give yourself a break.  Let yourself make a decision or a change or a plan – knowing that it isn’t perfect.  Nothing is. You make it perfect with you nurturing. 

It’s ok.

Finally, in the end success is not being the smartest or then best or the most perfect.  It is exactly the opposite.  Success is trying things that are hard, knowing that you are probably going to fail.  It is about failing and learning and failing and learning and laughing your way through it all to evolve into whatever magical beast you were meant to be. 

With that, my friends, happy new year 2022 and I’ll see you out there.

 

 

 

 

 

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