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Talking ADHD & Finding Greatness in Your Life w/ IRONMAN Hall of Famer Mike Reilly

by Faster Than Normal

I am talking to someone on today’s show that has shouted the 2nd-best four words that I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE!! The Man you’re about to meet is named Mike Reilly. He is probably best known as the “Voice of IRONMAN,” (not the movie, the sport). If you are one of the 350k+ finishers of an Ironman challenge, chances are he has shouted your name also! In his great career, Mike also done on-site announcing and television coverage for over a thousand other triathlon & running events spanning ten countries. He is the only person inducted into all three endurance sports Halls of Fame: IRONMAN (2011), Running USA (2017), and USA Triathlon (2018).  Mike and his wife of 43 years, Rose, live in San Diego. They have two children, Erin Paulson, (a Boston Marathon finisher), and Andy Reilly, (an IRONMAN & Boston Marathon finisher), and two grandsons. A bit more about Mike here. It is an total honor to welcome him today. Enjoy!

In this episode Peter and Mike discuss:

:46-  Intro and welcome Mike Reilly!!

1:58-  You have been doing this for roughly 30 years? For those of us who don’t know, could you describe a little about Ironman?

3:19-  About Mike’s new book:  Finding My Voice

3:42-  Peter’s experience in doing his first Triathlon

4:20-  Mike, would you agree with the statement: “Once a triathlete, always a triathlete”?

5:50-  On how training can affect relationships ref:  I’m Training For An Ironman Video

6:32-  On finding something great in your life

7:12-  On addiction & Imposter syndrome, versus the Triathlete 

8:30-  “We are the cause of our own experiences”

9:37-  On crossing the Finish line  and my blog post about my first Ironman in Cozumel 

10:36-  I’ve read that the Triathlon is the sport with the largest amount of recovering addicts. Why do you think this may be true? 

12:48-  On setting dizzyingly difficult goals

14:20-  Tell us a story about someone who credits finishing an Ironman with saving their life.

18:58-  Wow.. if exercise could do something like that, for someone like him, imagine what it could do for school kids!!

19:40-  About Eric Byrnes Triathlon & his physical education outreach. Let Them Play Foundation 

20:14-  Riding For Focus Specialized Foundation Podcast interview w/ Ted Theocheung, the CEO of the Specialized Foundation, and Kimberly Price, Ph.D., Director of Research & School Programs for the Specialized Foundation

20:57-  Peter on “Must be present to win”

23:19-  On Ironman has no shape or size. Working from the inside out.

24:10-  What do you tell someone who says “Oh I could never, ever do a triathlon”?

25:37-  When is your book “Finding My Voice” available for purchase? You can find it everywhere! 

26:10-  Thank you Mike Reilly!! And thank YOU for subscribing, reviewing and listening.  PLEASE.. stop right now and write us a review so that we will all be able help more people!  You can always reach me at [email protected] or @petershankman on all of the socials. Also at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials. 

26:21:  THE 2nd-best FOUR WORDS EVER!!!!!

26:58  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

Mr. Mike Reilly on socials:  Facebook  Twitter & INSTA@IronManVoice  LinkedIn

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