I’m so pleased to introduce a very interesting guest to the show, my old friend Gordo Byrn.
A prolific blogger and Tweeter on his favorite subjects, family, fitness, and finances, Gordo also writes two newsletters: Gordo Byrn’s Endurance Essentials (focused on training, anti-aging, peak performance, longevity, being strong and fit physically and mentally) and True Wealth (family, parenting, being self-reflective about how you spent time, and the true meaning of health).
One theme of this show is self-reflectiveness—Gordo is a deep thinker and has experienced many transitions throughout his career, has lived all over the world, and has performed and trained at a level few others have ever matched. Enjoy listening to this conversation as we talk about parenting, training, aging gracefully, and being prudent with financial decisions and how to align those decisions up with your career goals, dreams, and values.
Gordo’s fascinating journey has gone from high finance to endurance sports, coaching to family man. He brings wisdom to all areas of life. [00:23]
Realizing that he couldn’t make a living in triathlon, Gordo spent time with family where he got out of shape, and now continues to work on staying fit. [07:16]
Many people in finance and in the corporate lifestyle, make a mistake in that they view spending as quality of life. [10:57]
If you have potential for something and enjoy the process, you can get to the top. You can learn physical skills late in life. [12:59]
Teach yourself and teach your kids de-escalation and persistence. [19:30]
Do the personality attributes of a competitive athlete transfer over to parenting skills? [24:42]
If you are a Type A person very competitive, you may find you are competing in everything. So chose your game carefully. [32:00]
Athletics can help fill the void when you feel that empty nest. Metabolic fitness is important for healthy aging. [34:50]
If you are a new athlete or coming to a new sport, ignore the optimal program. It will hurt you. Think about quickness, strength and stamina. [39:05]
Running has weightbearing bone-density benefits. [45:41]
There should be a pendulum between strength and endurance. [45:41]
It’s not a good idea to make your body bigger than it wants to be or have too much extreme exercise. [54:36]
If it is not enjoyable for you, it is too intense. Time is the ultimate asset. [59:45]
When you are a big spender, you are much less wealthy than you think. [01:05:30]
There is a huge percentage of people living paycheck to paycheck. They don’t have the luxury of changing direction like Gordo did. A lot of our spending and a lot of our goals come from the environment that we put ourselves in [01:08:55]
We tend to pass our unfinished business to our children. How do we define success? You cannot make your child a champion. [01:13:39]
You may not have as much influence on your kids as you hope or wish. Your actions are going to be stronger than your words. [01:20:18]
In the Ironman in Hawaii, the times keep improving. Improved bicycles and other things are at play. [01:22:25]
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