15 Aug 2013

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

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Despite being connected to a constant stream of various experiences through social media, it seems we are most receptive during those brief moments when we turn off our devices. When we turn on to our own experience, we connect to something universal and then perpetuate the cycle as we try to capture these moments in hopes of conveying these feelings to others. However, a picture of a sunset or flower is never as powerful as experiencing it ourselves, and so we rely on the recipient to evoke their own feelings to empathize with us. Similarly, the sensations from racing and training can be approximated with heart rate monitors, power meters, race reports, and photos, but unless the audience has experienced their own athletic endeavors, a disconnect exists between the virtual representation and reality.  

Within a TBB camp, it’s rare to see anyone recording and analyzing their training. You’re not likely to see a clock on the pool deck, power meters on the bike, or heart rate monitors on the run. Considering my education and personality, the switch to an analog regime required a complete shift in perspective. My resistance to training “naked” was partly based on insecurity and partly on a fear of oversimplifying something I felt so many complex emotions for. Ironically, it wasn’t until I stepped away from the data that I realized how much I had been missing. I was handicapping myself with information: paralysis through analysis. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle would support this sentiment. By measuring myself, I was affecting what I was doing. If I was going  to be the best I could be, I needed to step away from the simplified world of data and work to understand myself through other means.

Similarly, with the launch of a new website, a new approach to triathlon is now the challenge for Team TBB. We are embracing the binary environment to show there is more than one way to do triathlon. The way triathletes express their motivations for racing and training is often quantitative. For instance, the question “What are you training for?” is often answered with the name of a race. Yet, the reasons we train and do certain races are always deeper. Just as TBB camp inspires a greater level of training, TeamTBB.com will foster engaging dialogue and elevate our sport.

Triathlon has the power to change lives. Everyone at Team TBB shares this idea as we all have experienced it. As I work and share my experiences, I invite everyone to share theirs. My only request is that we challenge ourselves to share only the essence; the profound and the inspiring.

Dan McIntosh

Dan McIntosh

Dan McIntosh is an American Professional Triathlete proudly representing Team TBB USA. The focus of 2013 is development but he has already earned several wins and podiums. He races a variety of distances and will make his professional full distance debut at Challenge Penticton. 


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