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Balance- Michael Harlow

Balance- Michael Harlow
May 27, 2016 Michael Harlow

I feel like something needs to be said.

Triathlon – as well as other sports – can be a selfish pursuit.  As we push our bodies to the max with the goal of wringing every bit of performance out of ourselves, we can find ourselves neglecting more important areas of our lives like family, God, and friends.  We can become so obsessed that we give ourselves blinders to the needs of others.  This ultimately destroys our foundation, and in doing so destroys have been racing triathlons for 25 years now.  I started at the age of 10 with few responsibilities and now maintain my pursuit alongside a loving wife, 6 kids, community responsibilities, and a growing business. Few people continue in the sport for this long, especially when responsibilities heighten.  I believe the reason I have been able to do so is because I have sought to maintain balance throughout.  I have lost perspective at times but always sought to bring it back quickly.  There are several amateur and professional athletes I know who have been in the sport as long as I have – the common trait with all of them is balance.  There are also many other talented athletes I know who sold out for the sport only to burn out and be left with nothing in the end.

If you want to reach your long-term potential in the sport, maintain balance.  

When I started Endorphin Fitness, I did so with the goal of making people’s lives better by helping them reach their potential.  I am proud that I have built a staff who gets this and that together we have maintained this perspective with our athletes from beginner to elite.  We have helped them reach their goals while maintaining balance in their lives.  I am proud that we have also led by example in giving back to the community and fought the tendency to make this a selfish pursuit.

If you need help achieving balance, we are always here to help.  

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