Our 1st Annual PFFT! (Powers Family Fun Triathlon)

I’ve always wanted to complete a triathlon, but just never worked up the nerve or made the logistics pan out to do it. So, I got to thinking, “Why not just host one?” I spoke to my wife (as all smart men do), and we decided to go for it. For years we’ve done a first of the year family and friends event that’s geared to prove to us and others that, as a family, that we’re willing to push ourselves and challenge others at the same time. Our event for almost a decade has been a January polar bear plunge, so a triathlon was a welcome change for us.

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Yesterday, we inaugurated the 1st Annual PFFT!, or Powers Family Fun Triathlon. It felt like a very Bob Goff like event. If you don’t know about some of Bob’s wild and wacky events, just check out one of his books. As a matter of fact, he was kind of the inspiration for going all out with this. I hope it gets bigger and even more fun. Maybe we’ll even see you next year. It’s an invitation only event, so let me know if you want to be considered for 2016.

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To keep the first one manageable, we only invited around 40 people. Amazingly, from the moment the first invite went out, the excuses started rolling in. They ranged the gamut from injuries, tired, spouse won’t let me, and you’re crazy all the way to a semi-pro runner who’s body is apparently finely tuned that he’s too fragile for a triathlon. You know who you are! I’m calling you out!

Out of 40 invites, we had 6 total contenders, and half of them were kids 12 and under. I’m so darn proud of those kids! One of our adults even borrowed a bike, which was also an excuse we got from another non-competitor. I love destroying excuses people give.

We decided to go with a Super Sprint distance triathlon, which is manageable for any adult or kid if they simply push themselves. That’s a 1.5 mile run, a 6.2 mile bike, and a 1/4 mile swim. We also eliminated the transition time stress by adding 1 minute per transition instead of keeping them on the clock. There was no official race ending time either, although we were all done within a 2 hour time. I wanted to entire thing to be super simple and low stress, if for nothing else, but to destroy the myth that triathlons are impossible if you’re not in impeccable shape.

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Be sure to check out my Facebook page for a lot more photos.

I also owe a special thanks to our volunteers and helpers- my mom for watching my 2 youngest feral kids, my dad for keeping the times and watching the bikes, and Sara Wise for loaning Katie a sweet Diamondback bike named Beatrice. I also want to thank Todd and Vickie at Pirateland Campground for allowing us to use their facilities for all this craziness.

And with no further waiting, here are our results…

All participants with no age indicated are adults. Times are in MIN:SEC.

Overall

  1. David Powers 60:35
  2. Katie Corley 68.80
  3. Benaiah Powers (7yo) 82:79
  4. Korrene Powers 87:35
  5. Abishai Powers (10yo) 98:34
  6. Ethan Van Buren (12yo) 102:45

Run- 1.5 mile

  1. Benaiah Powers 16:55
  2. Katie Corley 16:57
  3. David Powers 17:00
  4. Korrene Powers 26:10
  5. Ethan Van Buren 27:29
  6. Abishai Powers 27:29

Bike- 6.2 miles

  1. David Powers 29:10
  2. Katie Corley 36:10
  3. Benaiah Powers 42:24
  4. Korrene Powers 42:25
  5. Abishai Powers 46:05
  6. Ethan Van Buren 51.77

Swim- .25 mile

  1. David Powers 12:25
  2. Katie Corley 14:13
  3. Korrene Powers 17:12
  4. Benaiah Powers 22:32
  5. Ethan Van Buren 23:39
  6. Abishai Powers 23:45

Once again, I was so proud of the kids who participated. I simply could not catch up to my 7yo on the run. Every time I got close he took off faster. Ethan, another one of the kids, kept going on and on despite severe mechanical problems with his bike.

Now to keep training for next year’s event!

As a special treat to you, here’s a couple of things I recommend for training…

My entire training philosophy comes from the book Extreme Alpinism.

The book Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete is a great book for a beginner tri participant.

And my recommendations for nutrition HERE.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

My First Movie and I Get to be a Zombie Fighting Bad Guy!

I got my first movie gig, which I talked about once before HERE. Well, guess what, the trailer is out. It’s posted below, so feel free to watch it over and over and be sure to contribute bags of money to the Kickstarter for it. I’m betting if you offer enough money, the director will let you be one of the zombies that eats me.

Check it out…

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Your Job Sucks and It’s Your Fault

It’s really true, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you didn’t know what you were getting into. It may not necessarily be your fault that the job sucks, but it is your fault if you stay there.

I help people discover the right job, career, or business so that they can create a life that matters. Because of that, I always like to stay on the lookout for helps and tools to use in that process. I recently came across this fascinating video by The School of Life on How to Find Fulfilling Work. It’s a great watch and presents an excellent checklist to consider. If you need help unpacking any of these ideas, just give me a call. I’d love to do what I can to help you find awesomeness in your life.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Our Dream House- Boys’ Bedroom Idea

Most everyone I know has some idea of a dream house in mind, but most of them never actually take any steps toward that dream house. My family is no different, except in the making-it-real department. I want to put our ideas out there so that it makes us more accountable and so that it drives us to make our dreams a reality.

Here’s a pic I ran across the other day on Facebook. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to dress up my boys’ room.

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We have 4 kids (3 boys and a girl), and I don’t know if the boys will ever have their own completely independent rooms. I would, however, love to give each of them their own wall and space in that shared bedroom. My 10yo is a basketball nut and has declared that he intends on being “a white Michael Jordan”.

As to what the other boys would want, I’m not sure. My biggest hurdle with the youngest ones right now is encouraging them not to flick boogers on the wall.

Now that I think about it for a minute, if the other kids, even my girl, are interested in basketball, it would look cool to paint the balls in different colors.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

My Rapid Skill Development Baseline Exercise

I just released a short video detailing one of the exercises I use with clients to help them with Rapid Skill Acquisition. I call it the Baseline Exercise. Although the video is short, you can really go in depth with this exercise by filling in the information for the expert’s baseline. The example I used is my son’s goal to play in the NBA, so our expert to follow is his idol Michael Jordan.

As always, if you have any questions or would like me to work on this with you, just let me know.

You can find my Rapid Skill Development 101 book HERE.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Rapid Skill Acquisition- Chillin’ with SEO Guru Josh Williams

I asked a good friend of mine Josh Williams to tell you guys about a hiring process he went through that involved an informal process of Rapid Skill Acquisition. I remembered Josh’s story mainly because of one of the interview questions he was given…

“So, which Star Wars movie is your favorite?”

This is a very important question because it tells you a lot about someone. Since hearing Josh’s story, I myself have asked this question of many new hires, and I have to be honest, been quite disappointed with the answers.

The right answer, of course, is the Empire Strikes Back. I’ll even accept Episode 4 or 6, but not any of the others.

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Anyway, here’s Josh’s story:

 

As a recent college grad, I was struggling to find job that wasn’t retail or service industry. I didn’t have much luck and became desperate, applying to jobs I was less and less qualified for. During that time, Fuel Interactive was hiring for a PPC/SEO Specialist. I had absolutely no idea what those things were but sent in a resume anyway. I got a call back and had a quick phone interview with Brian Carter. He told me that inexperience wasn’t an issue. They were looking for someone they could bring in an entry level capacity and develop they way they needed. He asked me to come in for an interview and told me to read up on SEO and PPC.

This was in 2007. SEO and PPC were a lot different back then. There weren’t as many resources available and it was only starting to become the industry that it is today. As I searched around I struggled to find a lot of reliable information, especially on PPC (which is also called SEM). It was so bad, I realized in the interview when they asked me what I learned about PPC, I had researched something totally wrong. Regardless, through pity or the impression I left, they hired me.

I was told that I’d receive “on the job training” and that I’d be “drowning until I learned to swim”. I did. I was thrown into a role I had no right to be in. Brian was a great mentor, though. He worked with me by giving me the resources and opportunities I needed to succeed and grow. His expectations were high, but that just helped me learn quickly. He also gave me the room to fall on my face more than a few times. I messed up badly, but he let me and made sure I learned from my mistakes.

The rest was up to me. Brian did a lot of traveling and would be gone for weeks at a time, leaving me, the new guy, to carry the load of the day-to-day responsibilities. I learned quickly because I had to. The job was important to me and my new family and I couldn’t lose it.

That’s the story of my hiring and introduction to the industry.

As far as skill acquisition goes:

At the time, there were no college courses available for SEO/PPC/etc and books were scare (even now books become dated quickly). I had taken some HTML classes which helped ease the learning curve, but a lot of what I learned was through Brian’s guidance, reading as much as I could find, and trial and error. Our business is all about experimentation, making changes and measuring results, so hands on experience is imperative.

For those wanting to break into SEO, the best way to learn is to start your own website, read up (there are a lot of good resources now), and try different things. Expect to mess up, but know that there’s not a lot to lose when you mess up in the beginning.

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I enjoyed Josh’s story because this happened way before I began my own research into Rapid Skill Acquisition, forming it into a research driven process that works for any topic or skill. You don’t have to always run through that mythical 10,000 hours concept that Malcolm Gladwell made so popular. As I always tell people, “You don’t have time to waste time”.

You can find my book HERE for the Kindle. If you’d like a PDF version, send me a message.

Brian Carter, Josh’s former boss, is the author of The Cowbell Principle. You can also find his business HERE. Brian spoke at a TEDx event I hosted, and I have to tell you, he is one of the funniest speakers I’ve ever heard.

Josh hasn’t written a book yet, because he’s so darn busy helping people with their Internet needs. You can find him HERE.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!