Good Athlete Podcast Ep. 170 – Connor Emeny

November 11, 2022 0 Comments

Connor: [00:00:00] I’m going to drag classes from that have for the remainder of my life. However the primary one for me was — anyone requested me a few years again, like, what’s one factor you’ve gone all in on in your life? And I simply didn’t have a solution. And to me, I needed to do one thing that was comparatively not snug, comparatively not new to me, or didn’t develop up with and go all in on. And to me, like going all over the world and studying from totally different folks by means of racing was like the proper outlet for that.

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Jesse: [00:01:20] Welcome to Good Athlete Podcast. I’m your host, Jesse Funk. My visitor immediately is the youngest one who has the world document for being the youngest individual to finish an Ironman on six totally different continents. I believe he’d make it seven if he probably might. Welcome to the present, Connor Emeny.

Connor: [00:01:38] Thanks, Jesse. So, so good to be right here. Excited to get chat going and reminisce on the final two years of the journey.

Jesse: [00:01:50] So I do know the query that most individuals wish to ask you, and I believe you answered this in this sort of like quick documentary bio factor that was accomplished with the photographer about your journey is like, why are you doing this? I believe you say one thing about such as you’re not likely positive why. Which I believe to most individuals can be slightly unfathomable. Like doing a single Ironman is often like a pinnacle for many individuals, not to mention doing six of them, not to mention on six totally different continents. So have you ever had any extra epiphanies about that, or is it nonetheless simply it doesn’t actually matter why I simply proceed ahead?

Connor: [00:02:44] Yeah, I believe, you understand, I’m going to drag classes from that have for the remainder of my life. However the primary one for me was — anyone requested me a few years again, like, what’s one factor you’ve gone all in on in your life? And I simply didn’t have a solution. And to me, I needed to do one thing that was comparatively not snug, comparatively not new to me, or like didn’t develop up with and go all in on. And to me, like going all over the world and studying from totally different folks by means of racing was like the proper outlet for that and clearly got here with so many challenges.

[00:03:22] However actually to me it’s about like looking a dream, going all in on it. And it doesn’t matter what impediment comes your method, you’re geared up with the instruments to beat that. In order that was form of what I got down to do, and that’s form of the primary cause why. And I believe underlining the why is like in such a fragile state on the planet, I believe the world wants extra dreamers now than ever earlier than. So as an alternative of claiming to my buddies, like, we received this, it’s like actions converse louder than phrases, and if I can do it, then so are you able to.

Jesse: [00:04:01] , I might agree with you wholeheartedly that we want extra folks pursuing their goals, which is. I believe powerful as a result of we get a lot recommendation about like. , what’s the widespread path? Go to school, get a job, have a household, you understand, like I’m doing a lot of these issues so I’m not attempting to love bash these issues as a result of there’s worth in these issues as effectively. Longtime listeners of the podcast know have a getting shut to a few month outdated child now, and that’s an entire problem of its personal, which I’m pleased to be part of.

[00:04:40] However like I mentioned, I spent almost a decade post-college chasing my goals {of professional} triathlon and realizing that it was going to pay principally nothing, simply that was one thing that I wanted to do as an individual. However it does form of such as you depart me to that time of like, why don’t extra folks go after the factor that they dream about, you understand, like. I do know that. I like I mentioned, from a sensible standpoint, payments must be paid such as you’ve received to have meals to eat, these form of issues. However I believe now greater than ever, it looks as if persons are discovering resourceful methods to dwell form of an unconventional life, so to talk.

[00:05:36] And I assume the half I’ve all the time struggled with when folks go, “Nah, I’m simply going to be sensible” is such as you solely dwell as soon as. You solely received one shot by means of so far as we all know. You solely received one shot by means of. Like, what do you need to lose? The entire expertise. I imply, you will have your life to lose.

Connor: [00:06:01] Yeah, I resonate with that. It’s like, you understand, I after I form of left to do that triathlon aim proper on paper was, you understand, had an ideal job, was working at a brilliant cool tech firm. Actually loved it, really. However to me it was like, if I don’t take this leap and scratch this itch that I’m occupied with each day, when am I going to try this? And, you understand, after I after I look again on it and form of simply after I speak to a few of my buddies, like the entire concept of constructing your life resume versus your paper resume is what stood out to me.

[00:06:39] So, you understand, you’ll be able to all the time go get extra accolades, You possibly can all the time return to highschool. And I say that clearly from a state of privilege. I do know lots of people don’t have the chance to go to highschool, however there actually is an infinite quantity of studying and sources on-line to proceed your schooling. However there’s a finite period of time to exit and expertise with the world has to supply. And I believe the sooner you are able to do that, the extra perspective you’ll be able to acquire on the world, the extra serendipitous alternatives come. You run into anyone you by no means scheduled to fulfill or plan and so they stop current a possibility or an concept that leads you onto that path that you simply’re purported to be on.

Jesse: [00:07:20] Effectively, I believe that’s the — I do know it’s scariest, however simply perhaps one of the daunting issues, but additionally, as you mentioned, like serendipitous or hopeful issues about taking that leap. Is that — Now with the caveat that perhaps that is survivor bias survivorship bias right here. However similar to I really feel like I do know so many individuals that discovered alternatives they wouldn’t have in any other case had they not taken the lead or like we have been speaking about earlier than the podcast received going, you mentioned, “Why did you even begin the podcast?” I imply, from a sensible standpoint of like, effectively, I needed to love give worth to my prospects and ship them content material each week.

[00:08:11] However by means of taking that leap, which doesn’t look like so much, however simply as anyone who’s significantly introverted after which assembly like strangers on-line, it was actually daunting at first. However taking that leap, I’ve had the chance to speak and be with you. I by no means would. I received’t say by no means, however not possible can have ever met you in any other case. Or we talked about. I received to have a dialog with Mark Allen and all these different actually cool folks on the present. Simply scroll by means of the rolodex to the present for you, the listener.

[00:08:45] And that’s similar to a small instance, not to mention like The Doorways, that doing this problem for you might be open to folks that you simply’ve talked to, the alternatives and issues that you simply’ve seen that. When you simply determined, Oh, I’m simply going to take a seat at my desk job like by no means would have occurred.

Connor: [00:09:05] Yeah. And it’s, you understand, it was form of just like the craziest, most difficult, irritating, you understand, financially draining resolution I’ve ever made. However and even taxing on the physique. However like, probably the most fulfilling. Probably the most rewarding. And I believe what’s rooted in triathlon or endurance sports activities is that this it doesn’t matter what else is happening in your life or how troublesome it’s, you will have this fixed of I’m getting up and I’m placing out X quantity of hours to coach each day, and that’s making me higher.

[00:09:39] So simply this self-discipline of like getting up, specializing in a aim, no matter it’s, and realizing that it’s not going to occur in a single day, you’re not going to point out as much as a race unprepared. , a race is de facto only a reflection of all of the work that’s been put in beforehand. So to me, it was like having this one fixed by means of a pandemic, by means of, you understand, life challenges, by means of X, Y, Z of like, I do know it doesn’t matter what, if a race will get canceled, I’m nonetheless going out and swimming that day or working that day or biking that day. And I discovered that basically gave me a very nice sense of goal, regardless of the larger aim that I used to be attempting to attain.

Jesse: [00:10:22] That’s one thing that, you understand, I simply shot a video. In talking of runners particularly, So in the event you’re on the YouTube model of the podcast, you’ll be able to test that out. When you’re not, go to However that fixed. Generally having that fixed is a double-edged sword. To not poo-poo your suggestion, as a result of I really agree. However similar to in the event you get injured, the shortage of that fixed might be troublesome for folks as a result of there’s so used to that being there like north star of that is the factor that will get me by means of.

[00:10:59] After which now I’m going to must look it up as a result of as we have been speaking about earlier than I get going, I’ll begin. Visitors have gotten a blur to me. Earlier dialog. I’ll determine it out right here in a second. Yeah, I believe it was Tim Perreira from final week, Episode 169 speaking about similar to decoupling the exercise out of your id.

Connor: [00:11:25] Yeah.

Jesse: [00:11:25] After which, like, so, like taking your concept that swim, bike, run, no matter it’s as your north star, that fixed your life after which determining like the sensation that goes together with that, no matter it’s, whether or not it’s similar to having an exercise that’s fixed or whether or not it’s the endurance sport itself or your confidence in your self to beat challenges. After which like taking that and realizing that even in the event you’re injured, you’ll be able to apply that that factor that provides you the form of reassurance to different areas.

[00:12:05] I believe I really feel like that’s a problem of mine, however like form of the following step or the following evolution of it, whether or not you’ll be able to or can’t proceed doing all of your factor is like occupied with what does it say about me even when I can’t do the exercise?.

Connor: [00:12:27] Yeah, the way in which that my mind form of processes it’s like, sure, you might be recognized because the Ironman or the extremely runner or no matter your form of craft is. However, you understand, I learn this ebook referred to as The Energy of Behavior, I believe, by Charles Duhigg. And actually, like, we’re only a product of what we repeatedly do, proper? And so in the event you do get injured and you understand, now your id is like shattered, proper? Like, oh, I’ve received to place this on maintain for six months or nevertheless lengthy. Like, I believe that may have an effect on lots of people.

[00:13:05] However in the event you can form of have the angle of have a look at all the great traits that builds all of that, just like the self-discipline I constructed and the way I can shift that from, you understand, I now I spent an hour swimming each day, like let me spend an hour writing or studying on a regular basis and form of educating myself about the way it can develop into the most effective model of me. So similar to having that mindset of self-discipline over form of pleasure or motivation, I believe it would all the time prevail.

Jesse: [00:13:38] That’s the place like. I — I don’t know. Generally I ponder whether I get too esoteric about a few of these issues or it’s like I simply go run. Like, it’s. It’s effective, you understand? However, I imply, I miss what twice is Good Athlete Podcast as a result of I wish to, like, have these conversations about, like, let’s take into consideration what like what life classes working is instructing me, you understand? I believe you will need to have that. That north star, no matter is.

[00:14:10] And, so for you, the listener, in the event you don’t like working otherwise you don’t like triathlon or like discover your factor, like, I don’t care whether or not you want the identical factor that I like. , perhaps you want badminton otherwise you like taking part in an instrument or no matter or no matter. It doesn’t matter. However simply having one thing. I like to think about it as behavior. I believe you mentioned one thing about, like. Getting previous that like vitality required for motivation or transferring extra in direction of self-discipline, like. Having a behavior of some type, I believe grounds me whether or not I’m in a position to do all of the mileage I wish to do or not.

[00:14:56] So I assume that leads me to the query of like. Clearly, there’s numerous time spent on the journey. Is that this merely a — wish to say, an extension or a pivot from who you have been as a child? Or is that this like comes out of nowhere and all of the sudden you’re simply doing all these Ironmans?

Connor: [00:15:26] Yeah, that’s an ideal query. I believe actually the joke of how triathlon form of began was, yeah, I performed most sports activities rising up as largely aggressive hockey, and when it got here to after highschool, I used to be deciding between pursuing hockey within the States or I received into enterprise program in Canada and I got here to this cross bridge of like, Which one am I going to do? I didn’t actually see like hockey form of progressing previous that subsequent stage and determined to give attention to my schooling.

[00:16:04] And in that first 12 months of college, I used to be like, What different sports activities can I attempt? I all the time love attempting new issues, proper? And my buddies too, and my buddies and I went to highschool with my similar college. We’re like, “Let’s check out for the rowing staff.”, “Let’s check out for the triathlon staff.” We determined to check out for the triathlon staff and fairly shortly one in all them couldn’t swim, didn’t cross the swim exams. The opposite one, his bike tire popped on the bike experience.

[00:16:31] And right here I used to be like crossing the end line, like the one one of many three of us. However one thing about it similar to, pulled my consideration. I used to be like, “Wow!” Like, you imply you could possibly do three totally different disciplines or three totally different sports activities in a single race? That was so thrilling to me and so new to me.

[00:16:47] However the grounding factor was like, I just like the those that I met in that tryout and I believe this may have gone so in another way if I didn’t. Proper? And it actually comes down to love what you’re saying about discovering your north stars, discover the folks you align with as a result of you’ll be able to all the time get higher at one thing in case you are excited to point out up. Proper?

[00:17:09] So to me, I simply stored displaying up and my different two buddies didn’t and I made new buddies and one in all them, his identify was Ben Redson, and he, him and I might compete face to face. After which he got here, went off and got here 14th at Kona for our age group and Ironman World Championships. And I used to be like, blown away. I used to be similar to, “Wow!” like, “how on earth did he do this?” And I discovered like, if this extraordinary individual might do a unprecedented factor, like, why can’t I do this? And so actually he form of gave me this concept of like, if he can do it, I can do it. And I hope that, like me, is a few related precept to different folks round me. If I can do it, then you are able to do it form of factor as effectively.

Jesse: [00:17:56] However, you understand, you talked about like discover the folks you align with. I believe particularly for in the event you, the listener or like a fellow introverted character, we hold — we are likely to hold a number of shut buddies and that’s about it. However I believe we frequently undervalue like informal connections. And there’s I believe there’s numerous worth in these. Possibly they’re similar to the folks use, such as you mentioned, perhaps it’s similar to, I do know a fitness center I’m going to, there’s a triathlon class. Possibly you simply see them at triathlon class. You don’t like hang around on the weekend or do what? That’s effective. That’s completely effective.

[00:18:40] And such as you mentioned, I believe there’s some worth in having these folks as like, nearly like accountability buddies. Like, they’ll be like, :Hey, the place have been you?” Like, so when perhaps you have been feeling slightly down otherwise you’re like, “Oh, I’m undecided if I wish to go, go hit the pool immediately.” You’re like, “Oh, no. Like, I do know, I do know. Jimmy and Susan are going to wish to know the place I’m, so I’m going to go.” After which you find yourself feeling effective when you get going.

[00:19:12] Particularly on this time of like extra distant work. And I imply, like, what you’re doing now. What I do. With that freedom comes some loss. I consider these informal connections and I’m an enormous proponent of distant work, so I’m not like a kind of folks that’s like, get everyone me again within the workplace. Completely different horses for programs, as they are saying. However I do suppose it’s in the event you’re not getting that informal connection at work, like I believe it’s price looking for out another place as a result of I believe even when it doesn’t essentially aid you in direction of turning into an Ironman, I believe it has worth for you as an individual. Such as you mentioned, working in your resume as an individual, not similar to your CV at hand out to employers.

Connor: [00:20:08] Yeah. And to me, like what it what sort of lured me in proper. And I assume we will, we will form of chat in regards to the form of development, however actually like after becoming a member of that triathlon staff and seeing Ben go off and do that factor, it form of lit this fireplace in me that that I had it in me as effectively. And, you understand, I didn’t know after I would do it, however I simply had this inkling and intestine feeling that I might do it. And so I texted him in 2016 when he went off and did that and was like, by 2020, I’m going to do my first Ironman.

[00:20:39] After which I didn’t actually know him effectively. However such as you mentioned, it has this accountability metric now. And I’m an enormous believer in in the event you say you’re going to do one thing, then do it. And so, yeah, simply form of was all the time at the back of my thoughts. After which I form of put issues on maintain when an entire totally different form of path. I received a job as a beer consultant, you understand, like selling a beer firm form of all through my, my 4 years in college. And it was form of a tough factor to try to get up, hung over after which do a do like a 2K or two-mile swim. Proper?

[00:21:16] So I form of put it on the again burner. However you understand, what I did like and form of the grounding was again to working. And I all the time discovered like, it doesn’t matter what, I might exit and do a run and simply really feel higher or sweat out, sweat out, no matter form of was on my thoughts or similar to, get this recent air of every little thing. Every part’s okay, proper? And inform folks they’ve meditation, they’ve their retailers. And to me it was all the time working.

[00:21:46] So I form of simply caught the course with that. And earlier than I knew it, I used to be doing half marathon, marathon then I did an ultramarathon after which earlier than I knew it, I used to be like, “Wow, that is one thing that I simply actually prefer to see what I’m able to”, proper? And also you fall again into this group of and I used to be displaying up at these, these marathons and ultramarathons. You meet somebody, they let you know about one other race, you’re like, “Oh, I believe I can do this.” Proper? And that’s the place I met this man named John Pockler. And he’s an enormous, massive extremely runner and seen and actually like. We simply form of hit it off on this long term. And earlier than I knew it, I ended up you ask me to crew for him to crew The Bruce Path, which is Canada’s oldest and lengthy sensible footpath, 900 kilometers.

[00:22:40] And so for 9 days, 17 hours and a couple of minutes, I drove this camper van and ran beside him, swapping with my brother for ran 50K a day whereas he ran 100K, after which received to witness firsthand simply this unbelievable human feat of working 100K a day, being shattered, being damaged, however displaying up and doing it once more. And I believe like witnessing simply one thing so loopy like that routinely will change your wiring in your mind of what you suppose your threshold is and what’s doable.

[00:23:14] And, you understand, a month later, I went out and ran my first 100 kilometers and I used to be like, man, you understand, we’re a lot extra able to doing issues than we ever perceived. So actually is the lesson right here is such as you simply develop into a product of your surroundings. So in the event you’re considering one thing like exit and seek for the folks which can be doing it each day and also you’ll finally form of both be taught that you are able to do it or can do one thing that was a lot additional alongside than you thought you could possibly do.

Jesse: [00:23:45] I imply, I’ve come again to this plenty of occasions and also you hear this, however like, it’s so true. They’re like, you’re the typical the 5 folks you spend probably the most time with. So, like, if you wish to be higher and also you hang around with a bunch of individuals, like, did — It comes with the caveat that like if such as you mentioned, you have been a beer rep and also you’re going to events, if that’s what you wish to do. Go for it, man.

[00:24:15] That’s the factor the place I’m going. When you’re not hurting anyone and that’s what you wish to do, do it like no judgment. However. If you wish to do one thing else and like all your folks, exit and occasion each weekend and or gaining weight and so they’re not exercising. And also you wish to go do an Ironman such as you’re in all probability going to must get a distinct set of buddies simply because what are you extra more likely to do? You’re in all probability going to go partying then it’s going to be powerful to stand up and go do the exercise and be accountable to your self versus like if all you’re on this group of those that they do stand up each morning and so they go run 20K or they put of their 3 to 5K within the pool or no matter it’s.

[00:25:04] Prefer it makes it simpler. It simply makes it a lot simpler. And such as you mentioned, like. There’s one thing highly effective about seeing anyone do the issues not similar to listening to about it as a result of, like. I imply. I do know those that completed Ironmans. I did. I raised 70.3s in direction of the tip of my triathlon profession. By no means did the falls as a result of I didn’t actually have any curiosity in it, as a result of I like going quicker. I actually favor the Olympic distance. I simply don’t have the expertise for it.

[00:25:37] So I do know folks I’ve seen it accomplished. However that’s totally different. Like, I do know inherently it could be such as you and I might have a method totally different relationship if I had adopted you to every of the races and seen you full each single one in all them. Like I do know the issue of ending an Ironman, not to mention six on six continents. However there’s one thing visceral about being bodily current for no matter. So I can solely think about the form of affect that that massive extremely run, multi-day run had for you.

Connor: [00:26:17] Yeah, it was. It was simply mind-blowing. Proper? Like to look at one thing you’ll be able to examine one thing, you’ll be able to watch a film about it. However to see it tangible in actual life like and simply the pure emotion of like, man, like anyone sleeping for 4 hours a day, it’s like grimacing each step however remains to be discovering one thing inside him to do it, you understand? And it’s like, “Why?” Like, no one is aware of why. And that is form of the identical journey about me.

[00:26:44] It’s like only a sense of discovery, however form of on this level, proper? Is like that Steve Jobs quote, you’ll be able to’t actually join the dots wanting ahead, however you’ll be able to join them wanting again the place it’s after I take into consideration rising up in my first publicity to working, I joined, you understand, cross-country staff in grade 5, six, seven. And after I was in grade ten, I shared a fitness center class with Justin Knight, who’s, you understand, set quantity seven within the Olympics for the 5K and holds Canada’s prime 5K or second quickest 5K time of all time.

[00:27:16] And Jake Evans on my left who’s like now on the Montreal Canadiens within the NHL and a part of our fitness center class. We needed to run 5k and right here I used to be on a cross-country staff not the quickest however like slightly bit extra, extra in tune with working. So I assumed, “Yeah, I can do that fairly good.” We exit, run this 5k simply tonight, by no means ran earlier than, goes out and runs sub 15 minute 5k which is like simply completely absurd. Proper? So —

Jesse: [00:27:48] I imply it’s quick for this, quick for anyone, not to mention similar to exit and do it like that’s, you understand, that doesn’t occur.

Connor: [00:27:57] It doesn’t occur. Proper. And so there was this, this like magical aura about him. Proper. And we everybody in school needed to see him succeed. So that they put him on the cross-country staff that 12 months. He received each single race he entered. He received all of like all the province offs and thru that received publicity to all the schools. He ended up signing a Fulbright scholarship to Syracuse, went out and broke all of their data at Syracuse.

[00:28:28] One Freshman Athlete of the Yr, though their March Insanity staff went to the Ultimate 4 and he simply had this, like, unbelievable drive. However I believe what was so unbelievable is like. It’s simply this undiscovered expertise. Proper. And I believe that there’s a lot expertise inside all of us on perhaps a smaller scale that we’re not like bringing to mild as a result of the correct surroundings isn’t there to shine mild on it.

[00:28:54] So to me, witnessing that was fairly unbelievable. And looking out again on it, like I didn’t actually understand how particular it was within the time, but it surely’s yeah, it’s fairly cool to, to be round these folks early on. And I believe the extra folks like which you can encompass your self with or gravitate in direction of, just like the extra you’ll have a look at your individual adventures otherwise.

Jesse: [00:29:19] I believe that’s like. I believe that’s the factor that not the one factor, however perhaps one of many issues that drives mother and father to do loopy issues with their youngsters and push them too onerous is like attempting to make that magic occur when it’s prefer it doesn’t essentially occur that course. You possibly can go, you the listener can return to the catalog and have a look at nearly any of the conversations that I’ve had with Olympic athletes through the years, and we nearly all the time find yourself speaking about like this sort of matter of like pushing your youngsters, what do you do, and so they’re nearly all the time be like, if they’ve youngsters, they’ll be like, “Yeah, I’m not going to push my youngsters. Like if they need it, they’ll determine it out.”

[00:30:08] And — however then on the opposite aspect, you’ll see mother and father be like, “Oh, they’re going to get a Fulbright scholarship and I’m going to make it possible for and so they’re like attempting to will their kids by means of the issues and I believe that’s the powerful factor is prefer it’s I believe you can provide them alternatives, however then you’ll be able to’t make the magic occur prefer it both seems or it doesn’t. 

[00:30:32] Like in your case, I assume I don’t know something about your mother and father, however I might guess that they weren’t like, “You have to be simply as quick as that different man. You have to exit and you must run all of the exercises with him and do all these issues” as a result of that in all probability, until I’m incorrect about you, in all probability would have crushed you after which transfer you away from working finally and form of made it like a poisonous merchandise for you.

Connor: [00:30:59] Yeah, for positive. No, I believe like so. I’ve two older brothers. they’re twins. Three years older than I’m. Alex, Ben, Connor, ABC. And so they’re. They’re each, like, very aggressive. So to me, like, our mother and father, like, would simply. We by no means actually really performed, like, tremendous high-level something like up till I don’t know, like 15 or 16 years outdated. It was all the time like home leg, like, attempt no matter you wish to attempt. Like, I did gymnastics one summer time and I used to be like, 5 years outdated, proper?

[00:31:31] After which I used to be like, taking part in hockey, taking part in soccer. And even early into college, like in, in the place I went to highschool, like I used to be on the badminton staff, cross nation staff, rugby staff, ping pong membership, like I attempted every little thing proper. And I believe there’s by no means this strain of like, “Oh, you need to do triathlon, You needed to do hockey.” It was similar to, “What do you love to do?” And I’m going and take a look at it.

[00:31:57] So I believe, yeah, positively fortunate in that sense that we received to attempt numerous various things and however I believe the actually largest benefit for me was rising up with two older brothers who have been three years forward of me, simply gave me this drive to be pretty much as good or higher than them. And shortly I began taking part in like three years up in hockey. And I believe that like actually pushed me to be a greater athlete and similar to rising up with two older brothers, you understand, you bought you get put into place fairly shortly. 

[00:32:33] So I turned tough-skinned fairly early on. And I believe what modified was they have been all the time higher as a result of they have been three years older. However I might all the time present up and it was like the identical factor for every little thing cross nation. I used to be by no means the quickest individual, however I might all the time present up and I might try to keep longer as a result of I used to be like, okay, I’m going to get higher, or I’m going to be the individual that goes to run slightly bit longer, one additional lap.

[00:32:58] And like on the time, I didn’t actually know why. I similar to felt prefer it was the correct factor to do was like, if I can’t beat them in velocity, like let me be the final individual to depart the follow. After which simply form of like trickled into this endurance realm. And I believe that’s the place the thrill is for me. It’s like, in the event you’re not the quickest, like what are you able to? What are you able to do? How can, how far are you able to go? And yeah, that’s form of what led me to this triathlon and Ironman journey. And I don’t know, some folks suppose I hit my head alongside the way in which, however the final two years the place we’re fairly, fairly insane and pleased to speak by means of that in the event you like. Yeah.

Jesse: [00:33:42] Yeah. I imply, so I assume […] this straight away. One of many issues I wish to discuss, in regards to the journey is rather like the sensible aspect of like how do you fund it? As a result of like we mentioned, we, I believe we want extra dreamers, however folks received to have meals, all that form of issues. So I assume stroll us by means of the journey. How did you logistically put it collectively bodily, logistically, when it comes to like, the place am I sleeping at night time? How am I coaching, the place the amenities? Like, how does this get put collectively?

Connor: [00:34:21] Yeah. So I believe like each every little thing begins with a dream for context. , I in 2018, after graduating, I joined Uber and was quantity 17 on Uber Eats serving to scale that after which, you understand, by 2020 I used to be like, I like my job, I like the chance. However had this itch to do the primary race. And to me it was like I needed to make it so particular. I solely thought it could be one Ironman one and accomplished as a result of it was an enormous form of dedication, proper?

[00:34:50] And so I made a decision, did some analysis, determined to go to New Zealand as a result of that received the Gold Label Award for Finest Ironman expertise. And I knew I needed to form of expertise that a part of the world. So I left to maneuver to New Zealand in 2020 and or finish of 2019, and the primary race was March 2020. So I had six months to coach as much as it and truly was in a position to switch with Uber. Lengthy story quick, be part of a distinct division referred to as Leap, which is the electrical bikes and scooters.

[00:35:25] And it was form of this due to a visa state of affairs. I used to be like on this contract the place ours have been a bit wonky and I used to be working from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day as a result of we needed to assemble these scooters, get them out into town earlier than folks would begin work and form of rinse and repeat time and again. And I believe prefer it was an unbelievable expertise as a result of I received to be taught a lot, but it surely made it actually like I didn’t have time to exit late anymore, you understand, I didn’t have time to form of drink or socialize.

[00:35:59] And it was simply this second in my life the place I used to be like, I’m working after which I’m coaching and I’m like, So simply dialed in for six months and I’m like, “If I can do that for six months, I can do that.” this Ironman, proper? And that’s form of how it began. And after I crossed the end line within the Ironman, like I. Like, I simply, like, felt straight away this unbelievable sense of accomplishment and simply, like, actually happy with going so far-off. I didn’t know a single individual in New Zealand and had this expertise and it was like so onerous for me as a result of I’m a really social individual to love not drink, not socialize, not occasion and like simply practice.

[00:36:40] In order that’s the place all of it started. However ten days later, after that race, COVID hits and I’m stranded in New Zealand after which Canada is doing emergency flights again for folks. So two, two months later, after attempting to stay it out, come again. And I’m like, now what? Like, you understand, now what do I do? I left my job there. I’m like twiddling my thumbs. And that’s the place I got here throughout this text of this Australian woman who ran a marathon in each or an ultramarathon on each continent.

[00:37:12] And I used to be like, “Wow, that’s so cool.” Like, I ponder if anybody’s accomplished that for the Ironman group and did some analysis and there was like 5 – 6 folks on the planet which have accomplished it or have been recorded doing it. And the youngest was 32 and I used to be 23 on the time after I did my first race and my. It simply form of this mild bulb second got here off. I used to be like, I don’t know how on earth I’m going to do that just like the pandemic, however like, it’s similar to I wanted to do it.

[00:37:42] I wanted to simply focus and like, discovered myself being the most effective model of myself, displaying up in coaching and having a aim. And like, that’s form of what I inform my buddies to is like, in the event you’re like attempting to be the most effective individual model of your self, like have one thing in your calendar you’re working in direction of, even when it’s like a5k, if it’s, you understand, a musical theater efficiency, like no matter it’s, like simply have one thing ten weeks out that you’ve like occupied with every day.

[00:38:12] And so, yeah, form of this 12 months, 12 months and a half glided by and for over a 12 months and I didn’t do one other race. I signed up for some, however they have been like, canceled, postpone. After which, you understand, September 26 rolls round. I used to be scheduled for Ironman Canada. I moved all the way in which to B.C. as a result of it was slightly bit extra much less restrictive. The swimming pools have been open and I might practice. And this comes again to your query of like, logistically, how did you make it occur?

[00:38:43] I sought out the most effective surroundings for me to succeed. So I went to B.C., didn’t know one other individual there once more, and it was simply an surroundings the place I might focus, like simply present up and practice. After which September 26 rolls round. It’s scheduled for Canada ten days prior. They cancel the race and I used to be similar to, “Oh man”, however they provided us a switch.

[00:39:03] And so I transferred to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and I used to be like, okay, I assume that is that is going. After which did that and, and like simply felt so alive once more. I used to be like, wow, this was like, what I crave what I needed and beat my earlier time. And I used to be like, okay, like, we’re in it. We’re again to it. Like I had this aim and I needed to do it. After which like, I used to be like, I don’t know what this window seems to be like earlier than the world form of goes again onto lockdown.

[00:39:38] So let me see. Like I felt good bodily. I used to be like, Let me see what different races I can do. After which there was, you understand, September twenty sixth, there was a race in like three weeks in Mallorca, Spain. And I used to be like, okay, I received to go there for Europe.

[00:39:53] After which like September, October, November was Africa. And I used to be like, “Man, that is going to be just like the tightest window of all time.” However like, I, like, I simply felt like I wanted to do it proper and, and that like every little thing I had, like I lived on folks’s couches and similar to every little thing I saved from Uber, I used to be like, going to that I used to be leveraging bank cards.

[00:40:19] And like, you discuss financing, I used to be like, in hindsight, it wasn’t the neatest concept. And I believe like could felt slightly bit rushed, however on the similar time it was like, if not now when, you understand, like I’m in the most effective form of my life, I’m probably the most motivated I’ve ever been. And, you understand, I felt like I might all the time return to this company world, however I might by no means take this, like, form of devoted time to pursue a dream.

[00:40:47] So I simply, like, made it work. I used bank cards. I used to be like. No matter I’ve to do, I’m going to do it. And I picked up jobs. Simply work three odd jobs simply to pay my lease or like pay buddies to sublet off of their locations. Prefer it was similar to every little thing I had was going in direction of this aim. And that that form of similar to is the way it unfolded for these first 4. And I’m doing numerous speaking by chanting.

Jesse: [00:41:17] No, no, you’re effective. Preserve going.

Connor: [00:41:19] Okay. 

Jesse: [00:41:20] You’re good. 

Connor: [00:41:20] If there’s something. You wish to be to lean in on or —

Jesse: [00:41:23] Yeah, I’ll interject if I — if there’s a selected query. However yeah, I simply I assume with the — so I imply, we had totally different targets, however similar to you hear this and once more. Possibly it’s simply that that is the trail I selected in order that I’ve the bias. However like younger folks ought to be pursuing their goals. It might change the trail of your life. I believe for the higher. I imply, I began this firm as a result of I used to be doing triathlon.

[00:42:07] And thru all that swimming, I received a rash on my face as a result of all of the chlorine and began the swim line. And that led to extra similar to I wouldn’t have began this firm had I not determined to do that silly factor and attempt to get my professional card. Like know I wouldn’t have been spending hours upon hours within the pool. And, you understand, I in all probability nonetheless have life, however it could be totally different. And so, like. It’s all the time good to fulfill different those that have that realization. As a teenager, I’m nonetheless comparatively younger. I’m solely 33, however have that realization as a teenager. Like we talked about, I don’t bear in mind whether or not that is a part of the recorded dialog or earlier than we have been recording, however similar to I mentioned, you bought one shot by means of.

Connor: [00:42:54] Yeah.

Jesse: [00:42:55] , and issues. That is my enterprise mentor mentioned this to me the opposite day when he was right here serving to me with some stuff due to our new child. He’s like, issues solely get busier and extra sophisticated as time goes on. So like, whenever you’re attempting to tackle an enormous aim, particularly like this one. Do it whenever you’re younger, such as you’ve received extra time to screw up. However it’s which isn’t to be admonishing to older folks. As a result of if you wish to do one thing, you need to nonetheless do it. Possibly now you’ve received the sources to do it. You don’t must put issues on bank cards like Connor did.

[00:43:33] However similar to. I don’t know. I really feel like life is right here to be lived. And generally we play it slightly secure. Like, I don’t know, for worry of penalties that aren’t as massive as they appear in our minds.

Connor: [00:43:52] Yeah. And man, like, don’t get me incorrect, it was like. It was so onerous. It was so onerous for me as a result of I didn’t understand how I used to be going to fund the following journey. After which, you understand, like, simply issues occur, proper? So, for instance, like fourth race going to Africa and like, every little thing is nice, however on the way in which again, like I depart Johannesburg flight, it’s connecting flight to Amsterdam after which going again to Toronto the place I used to be flying by means of in Canada and like examined unfavorable, you understand, do all that quarantine stuff.

[00:44:33] After which as I’m touchdown for the connecting flight in Amsterdam, they go on the PA and so they’re like, there’s a brand new variant of COVID popping out. And I used to be like, all proper, like, what does that imply? After which they’re like, we don’t have any data, however we’re going to place you on the tarmac 5 hours, we’re on this tarmac, after which they arrive again on the PA and say, we’re sorry to say, however like this airplane has been contaminated and there’s folks right here that in all probability have the variant.

[00:45:05] They put us into bus busses into like an ostracized wing of the airport and check 600 passengers as a result of there’s two planes coming from Africa. And positive sufficient, like 28 hours go by. It was a film like, you understand, they mentioned they’re going to deliver out beds for everybody as a result of it was in a single day. There was like households, you understand, they introduced like six sleeping baggage for 600 passengers. And I’ve by no means seen the human race, like simply so aggressive in direction of one another, you understand, like there’s no meals, there’s no water.

[00:45:34] And so they’re like pulling sleeping baggage from youngsters with their household and similar to sleeping on their very own. I used to be like, so it was so hostile, this surroundings. However the story was like 600 folks. My brother and I have been on this on this airplane. 60 of us examined, examined optimistic for this new variance. And my brother and I really examined optimistic. We get despatched to this remoted lodge and so they nicknamed it Lodge Omicron. And we have been there for 2 weeks. Proper.

[00:46:03] And like, that is simply a part of this story. I’m like, man, you go from feeling such as you’re invincible, working an Ironman, after which the following day you’re like, testing optimistic for one thing that would doubtlessly kill you and also you don’t know, proper? And it’s like we have been guinea pigs. They actually injected needles into us, took our blood, examined us for 14 days straight, and fortunately we have been okay and recovered and all that jazz.

[00:46:28] However like, that was only one instance of this was like an enormous scare. Like, let’s, let’s not proceed, you understand, perhaps, perhaps like, sluggish it down. However to me, I used to be like, so decided and perhaps similar to, bullishly decided to finish this factor that I used to be like, “When’s the following race?” So it was the one factor that was protecting me, like, excited and energetic about, like something that was occurring on the planet. As a result of everybody I speak to is complaining. They’re like, you understand, I’m similar to, I can’t work. I can’t do that. It might’t do that.

[00:46:58] Like I’m not going to work as a result of X, Y, Z. And I used to be similar to, “Oh, like I can’t be round this.” Like, I have to, like, simply, simply practice. So. Yeah. Then I signed up for the Philippines and I used to be really scheduled for Taiwan, however the race received canceled and so they transferred me to the Philippines. And this was March 6. So nearly like a full 12 months to the day or full two years to the day of my first race. And now we’re on quantity 5. And it was like. It was really probably the most worrying race I’ve ever had as a result of as I used to be flying there, my bike didn’t arrive. It received despatched to Korea after I was touchdown in Philippines on a connecting and there was I received rerouted again for some cause.

[00:47:45] So I arrived and I had 72 hours earlier than the race and I used to be like, I simply spent 17 hours flying right here. I don’t have my bike. What am I going to do? The race begins in 72 hours and all these feelings undergo your mind, proper? Like, man, simply name it a day. Prefer it’s simply not meant to be X, Y, Z. So I used to be like, I can’t. I can’t like, I’ve to complete this race, Like, so I referred to as each bike store that was within the metropolis to try to discover a bike.

[00:48:17] And my accomplice again in Canada was like on the telephones calling locations. Like I referred to as my mother and I used to be like, like, I don’t know who else to name. I don’t know what else to do. I used to be like within the native Starbucks she’s utilizing her telephone, like, “How do I get this bike?” I lastly took a taxi to this random bike store, and that is the place similar to issues form of join whenever you’re simply so bullish on making one thing occur as onerous because it feels, you understand, in the event you hold going, like extra probably than not, one thing’s going to maneuver into your favor finally.

[00:48:50] And so went into this bike store and this man was like, “Hey, I don’t really” — the proprietor of the shop — is like, “I don’t even have a motorbike your measurement”, however I’ve a pal who’s like, you understand, an ex Filipino basketball participant that would perhaps suit your body. And I used to be like, okay, positive. In any other case, I used to be about to lease like a Bamboo Metropolis bike for the Ironman. I used to be like, no matter it takes.

[00:49:15] Anyhow, lengthy story quick, he received his pal to let me borrow his bike. He gave me his helmet, his sneakers, and it was like, you understand, it was these acts of kindness. That’s actually what it was all about. It was highlighting the those that make this journey occur. And I believe that these untold tales is de facto what fuels the journey, proper? Is like, in the event you knew it was going to be completely deliberate, it’s form of like life. When you knew it’s going to be completely deliberate, completely executed.

[00:49:44] Like I’m not saying the intense of like don’t have a plan, don’t have an interview, however depart some room for spontaneity, depart some room for journey, and also you’re going to fulfill some actually cool folks and yeah, perpetually grateful. However we keep in contact to at the present time, me and that bike store proprietor and he related me to love the Nationwide Filipino Tri staff. And I received to fulfill all of them and meet the host of the Ironman group.

[00:50:12] And similar to I want I might share pictures with you right here as a result of it was like, so, so cool. However it was the toughest race as effectively. It was, you understand, for Celsius clever, it was like 40 levels, which I don’t know, in Fahrenheit off the highest of my head. However similar to attempting to do a race in a sauna.

Jesse: [00:50:33] It’s 104.

Connor: [00:50:34] Yeah.

Jesse: [00:50:35] Yeah so I used to be like, I do know 40 is fairly far up there, however I didn’t know precisely the place it was. Yeah.

Connor: [00:50:40] Yeah. In order that was, that was the toughest race. I really misplaced 10lbs in the course of the race. They tried to drag me out and I went straight to the medic tents after the race and it was like, effectively, I’m there for like 6 hours. They’re placing IVs into me and it’s similar to, felt like such a shell of a human. However positively probably the most memorable out of the six as effectively.

Jesse: [00:51:05] Yeah, I don’t understand how you are feeling about it as a result of like, I ended up within the medical tent. I don’t know what number of occasions now after my like 70.3s, the primary one Eagleman which has like no shade on that course and I used to be simply so out of it, which I realized afterwards. It was just like the sports activities drink I used to be doing was incorrect for me. Like I used to be principally taking in twice as many electrolytes as I wanted, which is a part of the explanation why I got here out with this multi energy electrolyte collection. However attempt to not spend an excessive amount of time speaking about our merchandise.

[00:51:45] However like a number of of them, I ended up within the medical tent and we have been like my buddy and I raced Santa Cruz, which was that was the entire journey we have been staying with like a household pal of his that lived close to Santa Cruz and like, they didn’t fairly get the entire thing. Like, they’re similar to, “Oh, you’re going to go do a triathlon factor.”

[00:52:09] And like, they didn’t. Actually perceive. So like, he and I, like, slept on the ground with a few nights like […] like they didn’t they like we might have simply booked lodging someplace to have beds. However by that point, as soon as we have been like, it was too late. Every part’s booked and it was similar to, what’s — like what is going on proper now? After which form of Santa Cruz for me was such a problem. I had a flat tire earlier than the race even began. The bike mechanics lent me one in all their like $1000 wheels to go on my set.

[00:52:45] I had this like, mismatched set. My meals didn’t get I didn’t get my gasoline arrange on my bike correctly so I didn’t have any transition proper. So then I wasn’t fueled by the tip of the run, I used to be like. I had tunnel, actually, my imaginative and prescient was going black. By no means had that occur earlier than. Identical to keen myself to get throughout the end line, find yourself within the medical tent and, you understand, the great and dangerous issues I took away from that was that primary, I felt extra assured in myself. The like, and so I’m curious, however I’m sharing this as a result of I’m curious in regards to the classes you took away out of your expertise on 5.

[00:53:28] I felt extra assured about myself, like. If I need one thing, I’ll will myself by means of it till I’m lifeless. Like would — However the different lesson is similar factor. If I need one thing sufficient, I’ll will myself by means of it till I’m lifeless, which isn’t essentially factor. So it’s understanding — A part of it’s simply understanding my very own nature and realizing that. Being extra assured that I’ve that in me to try this, but additionally being cautious of that as a result of that may lead you to bother in the event you don’t do this, like preparation and planning. Like we talked about, like attempting to be sensible and realizing that that’s a double-edged sword. So I’m form of curious when you’ve got any takeaways like that out of your expertise on 5.

Connor: [00:54:20] Yeah, So I imply, the largest one, actually, was like in that second it made me understand like, I’m really not doing this for myself. Prefer it’s greater than myself. , at that time, I used to be hours off of like, my anticipated time, you understand, and I used to be like, man, like, like no one’s right here. No one must know. No one is aware of. Like, I’m really right here. I used to be there on my own.

[00:54:45] So, like, why do I want to complete this? Like, I really feel horrible. I do know it’s not good for my physique. Like, why? And it was like an hour, hour ten. I’m like 5K into this marathon. That’s like, I can’t even run anymore. ? I’m, like, so depleted and it’s like. Everybody that’s you doing that is like as soon as needs you to — was rooting for you you understand like they’ve gone out of their option to assist you to complete this dream and it’s like having to share dream simply makes issues a lot extra significant, a lot extra impactful.

[00:55:27] And to me it was like, I don’t know if I’m going to even cross this line, however I’m going to provide it every little thing I’ve as a result of, you understand, I’ve buddies again house which can be watching this and those that I don’t know which can be watching this. And I believe like when you will have a aim that’s greater than your self or a imaginative and prescient that’s greater than your self, then it makes you want infinitely extra decided to perform it than if it’s simply intrinsic motivation. And it’s like, why? Why do you must do that? It’s simply to show to your self, like, so what? , it’s like.

[00:56:05] I believe the thought is like, in the event you can present your self you are able to do it and lean on others. They’ll present themselves that they will do one thing as effectively. So simply having this greater form of aim of or reduce of it wasn’t about me or it’s by no means been about me. And I believe that’s after ending the aim is what I’ve simply form of tried to spotlight is like acknowledge all of the those that sacrificed and believed in me.

[00:56:34] And for my last race, I received an enormous quantity six on the again of my jersey with 84 names of those that both contributed to my fundraiser, who jumped on the decision, who helped me with sports activities vitamin, who helped me with coaching plan like a volunteer swim coach as a result of I YouTube the right way to swim. And he was like seeing me present up within the pool each day. And he was a part of the nationwide swim staff and he was like, “Man, what are you doing?” Like, I used to be like, “That is what I’m attempting to do. However like, I’ve by no means formally skilled. I’m simply YouTubing.” And he was like, keen to provide his time simply to assist me. And I used to be like, it’s all these those that make this aim come to life. So yeah, recognizing that and I believe that makes any aim, you understand, develop into bulletproof when you will have a military round you.

Jesse: [00:57:24] Yeah. Connor, I’m positive we will hold going for some time, however we’re going to run down on time right here quickly. In order anybody listens to the present is aware of, I ask a singular query to all my friends for a selected season. This season’s query, which I’ll ask you now, is how do you have a good time your wins?

Connor: [00:57:46] Yeah, that’s an ideal query to me. Wow. Proper now, it’s form of like reflecting on them. And I’m not essentially an writer, however I’ve been attempting to put in writing about every expertise and every reminiscence. I determine, like, of a sure individual or place that impacted me. I’ll attain again out to them and like soar on a name and similar to, have a good time the form of small second that led to the larger aim. So form of wanting again in any respect the steps helps me really feel like this was this was a we-win and never an on and I-win.

Jesse: [00:58:27] Connor, I believe you’ve received upcoming challenges and targets you’re chasing. So if folks wish to see what you’re as much as, you get in contact. Is there a great way to try this?

Connor: [00:58:37] Yeah, I believe Instagram might be the best. It’s simply @ConnorEmeny and I do know you joked about it at first of perhaps finishing a triathlon on the seventh continent, however that’s one thing that I’m working in direction of really proper now. So if folks wish to attain out or be taught extra and even simply observe the journey, then I can all the time pleased to reply any questions.

Jesse: [00:59:03] Superior. Connor, thanks for hanging out with me immediately.

Connor: [00:59:06] I respect it, Jesse. It was superior chat.

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