The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 203 – Darryl from Loving The Bike
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Hello and welcome to the Spiral Notebook Podcast where we really dig into the office supplies business and uncover the shocking truth about the connection between dry erase white boards and fingernail disease… Wait, no, that would be my alternate reality podcast, the one where I play a character from “The Office” and have to commit Hari Kari to escape.
Luckily for the both of us this is the RunRunLive Podcast, and the RunRunLive Podcast is a pleasant diversion I cooked up in the summer of 2008 to give artful license to my inner endurance daemons. This is episode 203 and today we have a great show for you. I’ve got a chat with Darryl from Loving the Bike and the Cycling360 Podcast.
‘Chris’, you say, ‘have you lost your marbles?” “Isn’t this supposed to be about running?” Well yeah but I’m an equal opportunity mid-packer and I like to bike too. These guys are road cycling snobs but they know their stuff and I’ve learned a lot from the cycling360 podcast already, like what kind of trainer to buy and how to go about buying a new bike. Never be afraid to leverage other people’s expertise.
You can quote me on this; knowledge is finite but leverage is infinite.
Lt me step back a bit and say, if you’ve just started joining us on our little weekly production of RunRunLive you may be a little confusaled, our head may be spinning, swimming or using the elliptical.
Recent episodes have been a bit of a mixed bag with my Chicago race report, the 200th compilation, and last week’s pseudo-intellectual discussion with Jon Gordon. You may think, “Hey, does this show on running have anything to do with running?” You might think all is chaos, that all we do over here is scatter-brained and without purpose.
But, to you I say “Nay”, because I eat a lot of oats, but also because we point and there is a pattern.
That is the beauty of chaos. Only the human brain can divine the patterns in chaos. And, yes, ocaasionally we may follow the fractal shorelines of our minds wanderings and explore some inlets without outlets but in the end we return the marauding corsair of RunRunLive to the ocean of amateur endurance sport.
I would ask you to forgive the episodic lack of structure, rigor and pointillist nonsense and embrace the chaos! This is our own personal “Howl” and you and I are the best minds of our generations.
Wow! That was fun!. Now someone grab the steering wheel, because this bus is out of control!
I’m traveling this week. I got a few PT appointments in last week and I think it may be helping but I’ve run out of patience with this heel injury. I’ve come up with a brilliant plan. I’m going to start training for an IronMan in June.
Why is this brilliant? Well Running is my strong sport and since that is out of commission I might as well go all in with the other sports. I’ve acquired a fluid trainer for my bike and I’ve asked Coach Jeff to put a base plan together for me using the trainer, the pool and the elliptical instead of running.
I think this is brilliant because it will a) give me a useful goal, b) Give me a discrete plan, and c) get my training intensity back up to where it needs to be.
Will I change my mind next week? Probably. But why not?
On with the show!
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Darrly from Loving the Bike www.lovingthebike.com and the cycling360 podcast
Ok my Furry bright-eyed reindeer friends you have mushed your sleigh onto the roof of yet another RunRunLive Podcast Episode 203 in the can.
Next week we have a cool chat with a Canadian nutritionist Dr. Coyne. I really enjoyed talking with Dr. Coyne and he had some great insights.
I am on the road this week in Colorado and Atlanta. I took the opportunity to drive out to Estes Park to see Coach Jeff from PRSFit. We had dinner. It was nice to meet him in the protein form. Estes Park is an interesting little city completely surrounded by the Rocky Mountain National Forest. Google it.
I figured it was a straight shot out there from Fort Collins where I was staying. I was in for a bit of a white knuckle surprise as the highway entered into the mountains. Shear granite walls shot up a couple thousand feet on both sides of the road. The road meandered through the pass back and forth in sharp curves.
The temperature was hovering in the high 20’s and there was snow in the pass so I was afraid to push the rental car for fear of encountering black ice on the road. There were caution signs to watch out for bighorn sheep and elk. Occasional small settlements, tourist traps and a dude ranch loomed out of the dark.
Even though I was trying to keep the speed limit I was that guy riding his brakes with a line of angry locals behind me. But it all worked out and like I said it was cool to catch up in person. Beautiful country up there.
I also finished a couple projects. See? This is how it works with me. I have so many things going at the same time that occasionally I finish a bunch. I created a kindle book from the Fred Fenton, Marathon Runner Book. This is a book from a series of boy’s books written in 1905 and it’s really fun to read. The vernacular and morality tales are just precious. I’ll push it up to the kindle store and on my website as well.
But bigger news still is that I have finished editing the audio this week of The Mid-Packer’s Lament and it’s good. The stories range from 7 – 15 minutes long and it was a blast to record and edit. I’m glad I did it. I’m going to make it available in my website as well www.runrunlive.com
Now I’m working on some other projects still. Converting my other e-book to kindle, creating a Boston Qualifier training plan and series and publishing my injury series among others. I want to die with 100 unfinished projects!
Do you know what other people are thinking? Do you know what they are worried about?
You might be interested to know that they probably aren’t thinking about you or your problems.
I find it comical to watch people interact, especially in social and business situations. I see two people talking but neither is listening. They are both only concerned with their own thoughts and waiting for a pause in the conversation to say, “Yes, but what about me?”
Don’t make the mistake that when that person calls and asks you how you are, that they actually care. 9 times out of 10 they are calling in regards to their own agenda. Most people are wrapped up 95% in the inner noise of their own mind. They are sparing very little for you and yours.
Good or bad, once you realize this it make it easy to deal with them. You simply yfigure out what they want, what their inner agenda is and work it. But, the trick for you, is that inorder for you to play in their mind you have to put all your own personal noise aside.
And this brings us back to inner game.
I’m going to give you two practical tip s that you can use and practice. You can use these to have more valuable interactions or to manipulate people, it’s up to you.
The first is to practice listening and watching. When someone is engaged with you one on one, look at them. Really focus on what they are saying and how they are saying it. Notice their body language. Instead of speaking about your inner noise, reflect their thoughts back to them and amplify. Watch what happens. You will all of a sudden become the most interesting person in the world. And you will gain insight into what is going on in that person’s head.
The second tip is to prepare your own inner game for the interaction. Many times I’ll go into a potentially stressful situation with a client or my boss. Your first reaction is to be nervous or scared because these people are in a perceived position of power over you. If you go into these interactions with these kinds of emotions and thoughts YOUR inner noise will be so loud it will drown out the interaction and you will be unable to listen.
At these times you need to set your inner game to peace. At these times I remind myself that I am who I am and my intrinsic value, my personal worth is independent of what these people do or think. And this frees me to clear the clutter of my own mind. This allows me to focus on the value of the interaction.
Try these two things. Clear the clutter from your inner game and really focus on the other person and I’ll see you out there.
You can find me workingon my inner game at Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube – and Google as cyktrussell that’s Chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells.
You can call in your inner game to – 206-339-7804. Leave a message there it sends an audio file.
A self confident person would not be afraid to send in a show intro. It is in the show notes and on the web site –- you will find all the other content on the website www.runrunlive.com
Great news my running friends – my book of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Lament” is now available in Kindle format at the Kindle store on Amazon.com! Just search on “Mid-Pack”. It’s a bargain at an easy $5 and all proceeds go towards supporting the underfunded pension plan of the retired cleaning staff at the RunRunLive world headquarters. I recently got a kindle myself and I love it. It does reading very well.
The Mid-Packer’s Lament is a series of short stories on long distance running, racing and the human comedy inherent in all sports enthusiasts. This is the perfect book for runners and wannabe runners. There are stories about training, eating, special places and special races. There are stories about the accidental athlete in all of us and the stupid things we do for even amateur endeavors. Whether you are a weekend mid-pack runner or a competitive club runner, you’ll find something thought provoking and amusing that you can relate to in the Mid-Packer’s Lament.
Over the next couple episodes I ‘m going to take you out with some of Colin’s parody songs. Because they are soooo good we should leave them in the box to collect dust. We should enjoy them. If you want to find them I’ll include Colin’s promo to tell you how and where.
As I have often quoted the great theologian Hunter S. Thompson; “It got pretty weird, but it never got weird enough for me.” And “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
All music used in the show is from the Podsafe music network found at Music Alley. Please support the starving, socially minded artists sampled herein by purchasing some!
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Dial in number for RunRunLive is – 206-339-7804
Chris Russelllives and trains in suburban Massachusetts with his family and Border collie Buddy. Chris is the author of “The Mid-Packer’s Lament”, and “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy”, short stories on running, racing, and the human comedy of the mid-pack. Chris writes the Runnerati Blog at www.runnerati.com. Chris’ Podcast, RunRunLive is available on iTunes and at www.runrunlive.com. Chris also writes for CoolRunning.com (Active.com) and is a member of the Squannacook River Runners and the Goon Squad.
Email me at cyktrussell at Gmail dot com
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