Power of Vulnerability

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When I first got into triathlon, I had never swum more than 25 yards, the only bike I owned was a beach cruiser, and I had never run more than 4 miles in my life… 

Many of you Daily Hustlers have heard all about the near-death experience in my first race… 

There is no need to revisit the details of almost drowning in the water and getting passed by 16-year-old girls on the bike. I think we can move past that one at this point… 

That said, getting my ass beat on the course could have led me in two directions:

  1. Take my beach cruiser and go home. 
  2. Become vulnerable, accept the fact that I have no idea what the fuck I am doing, and acquire the necessary tools and skillset to fight back.  

I choose option 2… 

Soon after that first triathlon, I bought a swimming wetsuit, a legit triathlon bike and hired Frank Sole as my new triathlon coach… 11 months later, I found myself treading water at the start line of Ironman Arizona in Tempe Town Lake wondering how the fuck I had gotten to that point. 

All too often, we are unwilling to let our guard down and we alienate ourselves from great opportunities to learn and grow. Our pride prevents us from accumulating experiences because the ego kicks in and we refuse to step outside of our comfort zone… 

Over 8 years later, I can say that the only way I ever was able to put myself in that position was by understanding and coming to grips with the fact that I had no idea what the fuck I was doing. I understood that I needed help and A LOT of it. Ultimately, I was able to embark on a lifestyle that changed the course of my life in an incredibly positive manner by the power of one simple thing… 

VULNERABILITY. 

-EB