140.6 miles, 13.5 hours and one of the best days of my life
“Adam Fuller, you are an Ironman!”
I had been working hard – training, stretching, studying and strategizing – for a year to hear that phrase announced over the loudspeakers at Ironman Arizona on Nov. 17, 2013.
As I plowed through the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run, there were many times when I heard it pop-up in my head to keep me moving and motivated.
But when I turned down the final straightaway chute and sprinted to the finish line, I was in such an ecstatic frenzy to finish strong that I didn’t even hear Mike Reilly – the voice of Ironman – yell out my name as the latest member of the exclusive club.
My left foot.
In March 2012 it stepped on a rock and suffered a stress fracture. A couple weeks later it trudged through the Lavaman triathlon – which made matters worse.
In February 2013 it collapsed after running over 20 miles in the Ragnar del Sol Relay.
Now, after recovering from those two setbacks, going strong into these last two months before Ironman AZ in November, the problem dog is at it again.
Read about the latest development in the foot fight in my Tri for Les article: Idiot infected.
You’ll see how it was a part of a series of miscues by yours truly, and learn a few good lessons from my bad examples.
While you’re over on Tri for Les, check out another one of my recent posts: Running unplugged: Why I don’t wear headphones when I exercise, and how I still hear the music.
With the 2013 college football season kicking off this weekend, I thought it’d be an opportune time to talk about Malcolm Gladwell’s motion to ban college football.
Wait. Ban college football?
Sounds crazy, right?
I know. I thought so too, at first.
I’ve been cranking away at my Awesome Bucket quest to become an Ironman.
Even though it’s gobbled up almost all of my nights and weekends, and forced me to plan out nearly every waking hour, I’m enjoying this exercise (immensely).
The goal has driven me to
overthink strategically about my training program and nutrition, develop and improve upon healthy habits, and challenge myself both physically and mentally.
Plus, I can see the benefits of all this hard work expanding into other parts of my life, including my writing and my career.
I’ve been diligently posting updates and helpful triathlon tips on TriforLes.com and wanted to pass along a few of my latest stories – most recent of which is my race recap from the Boulder Ironman 70.3 triathlon, a major checkpoint on the IronmanAZ journey.
Here’s a few more of my recent Tri for Les posts:
Wish me luck as the big race gets closer (IronmanAZ – Nov. 17), and thanks for following along.
I turn to my Hermes typewriter for a Polaroid project
This typewriter is planted on a white table in my living room.
It sits silently most days, but lumbers to life when inspiration strikes.
Four warning signs of an emotional commenter
We social media managers throw around the word “engagement” a ton.
So much in fact, that these days it’s lost much of its luster.
Despite its increasing ambiguity, and buzz-ness, I still think it’s the key value for any social media initiative. However, not all engagement is positive.
Negative comments, criticism and crazy people are inevitable. And how you respond to them says a lot about your social media strategy.
We often need to be reminded (or remind others) that you can’t stop the crazy – you can only hope to contain it.
So I jotted down some of the factors that help me spot crazy in social media discussions, and added some ideas to keep all this glorious engagement on the right track.
“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”
- John Wooden
These days, the vast amount of content and information at the ready on the Internet gives us access to many smart people, from all industries and walks of life.
Personally, I really enjoy listening to quality interviews either on the radio, online or via podcasts. Not only do they usually feature smart people with interesting stories to tell, but the conversation allows multiple viewpoints, debate and an organic flow of ideas.
Today I’m going to share two inspiring interviews with you, and hope you find them as educational and thought-provoking as I did.
A look at my goals for 2013 and the progress made after six months.
Back in January, I was pretty inspired when I posted my Awesome Bucket v2013, listing out my goals for the coming year.
My passion bucket overflowed with aspirations of becoming an Ironman, feeding my writing tree, and setting a course toward travel, development and above all, excitement.
I posted my goals to hold myself accountable for the rest of the year and help keep them top of mind.
And now that we’re about halfway through the year, it’s time to check in and report on how things are going.
Did my passion bucket drain when the rubber met the road?
Was my plate too full with all these goals?
Have I lost focus and forgotten about my one thing?
Keep reading to find out.
Six months ago, when I laid out the goals for my Awesome Bucket v2013, Ironman Arizona – and completing that triathlon race in 12 hours – was clearly defined as my one thing.
So it’ll come as no surprise that most of my free time lately has been spent cooking, eating, breathing, training, running, riding, swimming, planning and soaking up all things triathlon. My mind is almost always toiling about the race, and how I can best prepare myself so that come race day (November 17), I’ll be ready to go.
However, even though that one thing is all that matters, I incorporated writing into this journey to improve my writing skills, share the experience and help other triathletes dominate their own goals.
So, I’ve been doing my best to blog at least once a week on either Fuller Creative (this blog) or at Tri for Les (the triathlon blog that my sister and I run).
One of the best parts of my new schedule is the Coffee-and-Reading Hour I carve out before work a few days every week.
On these days, I wake up at 4:45 a.m. and go to the gym for a swim from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. After that I hustle to a nearby coffee shop at 7 a.m., which gives me a solid, uninterrupted hour with my book, before I head off for work at 8 a.m.
Aside from helping me avoid most of rush-hour traffic, this head start on the day gets my mind moving early. By the time I get to my desk I’m usually awake, inspired and ready to get stuff done.
Book selection plays an important role in creating this refreshing jumpstart. I try to keep the subject matter varied, thought-provoking, inspiring and ideally, not related to triathlon, social media or other stuff that consumes most of my waking hours.
It’s a built-in escape of sorts, and a great way I’ve found to incorporate regular creative breaks into my routine.