A loving term referring to the entry, and decidedly difficult journey through, the Pain Cave during any athletic pursuit. Usually ends in sweat, grime and other slimey fluids covering every inch of spandex and skin.
This event is followed closely by some enormous blended concoction of random powders, seeds, fruits, and/or veegetables. Then, shortly after said blended-concoction, a feast of the ‘normal’ variety (something requiring a ginormous plate).
Today my trusty steed did its best to support me up hills that felt like walls. Adding insult to my injured ego were the dry gusty winds sucking every last drip of gusto i had in my weakling legs (and any bit of saliva I was savoring while trying to remain quenched as i gasped for air on said hills).
When the salt came off my withered bod, I found [again] that the parallels between the challenges of sport and starting a company were remarkably similar:
Necessary and Best are two words endurance athletes tend to get confused on when choosing gear. Case in point: I have a dear friend who loved using her road bike to train for triathlon races — for 15+ years. For those not in-the-know, this is basically blasphemy in the sport of triathlon.
And yet, she won a lot of races. Despite not getting the “Best” gear for doing so. She even went all the way to the World Ironman Championships ….. winning the 1st place Overall Amateur Champion there(2008). She wrote a great article on the very things she practiced to not mix up “Necessary” and “Best” … and most all of it was budget-driven. Because if there’s one sport more ridiculously expensive than golf, it’s triathlon.
This pix is of my trusty steed; and yes, it IS a triathlon-specific bike. What I know now is, I got lucky. I wasn’t smart like Wendy. Only after a year or so of training did I learn I perform really well in conditions that play to my strengths on this bike. But a lot of people don’t get lucky, and then they’re selling the bike to someone like me for a nice discount. [I bought a one year old model that hadn’t changed in the new year I purchased it. And I saved a bundle]
Lessson? In starting a company, don’t get “Necessary” and “Best” mixed up. Necessary is not only always mandatory, but it’s also ‘good enough’. You might just find that after 10+ years of uisng what was “Necessary”, and/or modifying it where needed, the $$ you might’ve spent on “Best” has earned you “Best Company to Work for in 2012”.
My next lesson learned comes tomorrow…. It’s all about the Peeps.
Onward and upward, always.