I thought hard about which topic should go first. While initially athletics may not make sense, all of my relationships, and work principles were refined through my pursuit of becoming the best athlete I could be.
Athletics were not easy for me. I had to learn how to become resourceful, surround myself with excellent advice, and finally be disciplined.
To go from being 240 pounds and completely out of shape to a 9x IRONMAN World Championship finisher was hard but rewarding! Several times I felt it was "impossible" or "couldn't be done". I learned quickly to pick myself up, dust myself off and try another way until I got it.
All of which are principles I apply to how I am as a husband, parent, coach, and leader.