We'll be in Monterey on Thursday (3/1) and Morro Bay on Friday (3/2). We'll have a late lunch in Santa Barbara, to finish the ride, on Saturday (3/3). Anyone want to join us for a bit of the ride? Just let us know... We'll actually follow a bit of the Amgen Tour of California route!
Keep in mind that a typical sleep cycle is around 90 minutes, so sleeping in multiples of 90 minutes (and as a result, waking up at the end of a sleep cycle) can help you get the most out of sleep sessions. Waking in the middle of a sleep cycle leads to drowsiness and confusion, whereas waking at the end of one will often have you feeling more refreshed and alert.
This is something I've talked about with my clients for years. I've not done nearly as much study in this area as I'd like to. I've read a few books, and watched a few programs on the Discovery Channel and PBS. However, this one I trust: The 90-minute rule.
Being a FitAndEffective guy, I realize it's not all about "physical" fitness. Years ago, while working with an Investment Bank in New York, I spoke on my expertise in potential and performance.
A managing director I worked with said, "You know, we're a lot alike; it's just that I'm focused on "fiscal" fitness." We went on to discuss that if you were fit - physically, fiscally, mentally, etc. - it made the everyday engagement in life and work easier and more rewarding.
How do you know if you're working out as effectively as possible?
Honestly, it's a question I still ask myself! Many people reading this are, in fact, "too busy" to get a long workout in. (C'mon, you've heard the advice: 40 minutes of exercise, at least 5 days a week. And some say, even more!*)
The way I see it, we could think about "physical performance" in many different ways.
(1) Actually track and judge the exercise and effort expended. (2) Look at functional fitness as the intersecting point of engagement between your work and your life. (3) Accept that physical activity need not be strenuous exercise to have a positive effect.
Leadership is the most valuable commodity in the world. Define your success. If you don't define success, you're future becomes a random ressult. Choosing the right behaviors is the key to success. In order to lead others, you need to be able to lead yourself first.
My friend Nik is always sharing good stuff with me. It turns out, he'll be leaving for a new leadership post in the SouthWest US. I can't wait to see what he learns - and shares! - from that detail.
"You can't be afraid to fail, and that's hard, but unless you fail, you never push hard enough, so I think if you look at successful people, and happy people, they fail a lot because they're constantly trying to go further and expand."
In conversation with a reporter last week, discussing the new year, and he wrote to me asking:
The question is: what do you do to get the reluctant worker/wife/child in line with your goals for the new year?
When I stop and consider how fortunate I am, the reminders come flooding into my mind. Just this morning, I awoke in Ojai and walked outside to find a star-filled sky. Looking to the west, I saw two shooting stars in the space of 5 minutes! Immediately, I noticed how warm it was...the Santa Ana winds last night brought us a temperature of 68 degrees...at 4:45am! I began writing at 5am, and spent the next 95 minutes pouring ideas onto lined paper. Soon, the alarm rang (again)...it was time to go back outside.
Picture taken 02/17/2007 ~ 7:30am
The plan was to meet in Ventura. Our triathlon club puts weekend rides together, and today was one of my favorites. Ojai to Ventura to Santa Paula to Ojai. Along the way, before I met everyone at the starting point in Ventura, I stopped off at the beach and asked a couple to take my picture.
A colleague of mine - a financial analyst in NY and an Ironman triathlete - e-mailed recently to let me know it's very, very cold in NY these days. "Well," I say, "come out to CA for a little winter training!"